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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Rocketbelt Convention

Ahead of the September release of The Rocketbelt Caper, last weekend saw the 2007 Rocketbelt Convention at Niagara Falls, New York. It was a gathering of rocketbelt builders, pilots and enthusiasts, several of whom feature in the book. Here's a video showing clips from the 2006 event, plus a brief history of rocketbelts - yes they are real! Look out for veteran rocketbelt pilot Bill Suitor, who has flown rocketbelts for the US Army, in the James Bond movie Thunderball, and at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He also piloted the Rocketbelt 2000, the device at the centre of The Rocketbelt Caper, and is a key player and interviewee in the book.


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