JB11 Jetpack successfully completes first ever European flight

Festival of Speed | Press Article 16/04/24

JB11 JetPack successfully completes its first ever European flight at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

For immediate release:  Thursday, 12 June 2018

         Latest JB11 Jetpack wows the crowds at Goodwood Festival of Speed with the successful completion of its first ever European flight

         Capable of incredible flying speeds of 200mph and at heights of more than 10,000 feet, the JB11 Jetpack took to the iconic Hillclimb this morning for the first of its flights at the Festival

         Visitors to the Festival can watch the expert jetpack pilot as he takes to the Hill on each day of the event

         Bigger and better FOS Future Lab is open throughout Festival of Speed, from 1215 July 2018, open 7am 7pm each day

The world’s most advanced JetPack, the JB11, successfully completed its first ever European flight debut this morning at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard.

Flown by expert pilot, David Mayman, the JB11 flew into the Goodwood history books as the first ever jetpack to fly up the estate’s iconic Hillclimb.

The Festival is the first time anyone in Europe and the UK has seen the JB11 in action, and there are still lots of opportunities for visitors to see it flying, as it will be making flights on all four days.

Tracey Greaves, Chief Commercial Officer of Goodwood Festival of Speed, said: “It was such a fantastic sight to see David take to the skies with the JB11 on the Goodwood Hillclimb. This jetpack is such an incredible feat of engineering and it delighted the crowds to see it fly for the first time in Europe at the Festival of Speed.”

Capable of topping 200mph at heights of more than 10,000 feet, the latest personal flying machine from South Californian company,JetPack Aviation, weighs just 50kg and straps to the back of the pilot, who can take off at the push of a button thanks to its world-first VTOL (vertically take-off and landing) system. 

The Federal Aviation Administration granted JPA certification of its JetPack in early 2018, making it the first company globally to achieve such certification.

Festival-goers can also get up close to a jetpack by visiting JetPack Aviation’s display inside the FoS Future Lab exhibition at the iconic show.

FOS Future Lab is open to the public throughout the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs until the 15 July 2018, 7am 7pm each day.



Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by MasterCard is the world’s largest automotive garden party; set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, UK. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the phenomenal history of motoring and motor sport take part with some of the most legendary figures from the sport as well as international celebrities regularly attending. Highlights will include the FoS Future Lab, Forest Rally Stage, Michelin Supercar Paddock, Michelin Supercar Run, F1 paddock, Drivers’ Club, GAS Arena, Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance, Aviation Exhibition and Bonhams Auction.

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