A new Guinness World Records title may herald the coming of a completely new way to fly. Or, barring that, a completely new way to get yourself into all kinds of dicey situations, just like Tony Stark. The record is for “fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit.” Yep, someone went and strapped jet engines to their hands and flew around a lake very fast. Now that’s the Tony Stark spirit of invention.
The man with the brains to pull off the record-setting feat is Richard Browning, the founder of Gravity Industries -- a little Stark Industries in training. Seriously, the company’s entire purpose is to invent, build and file patents relating to human propulsion technology.
To set the record, Browning had to fly across a pond in Lagoona Park in Reading, UK and achieve a speed of over 30 MPH. After a bit of trouble (Browning lost control of the suit briefly and ended up taking a swim) he was able to achieve a speed of 32.02 MPH across a distance of roughly 100 meters.
Luckily, Browning didn’t have to make the suit under the same conditions as Stark. In the comics, Stark is struck by shrapnel while performing a military demonstration in Afghanistan. He’s captured by terrorists and told that if he builds a powerful enough weapon he will be given a life-saving surgery. Instead, Stark builds a prototype version of his iconic suit of armor and breaks out of captivity.