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|Rocket Man Flies Into Record Books
- London Jet-pack effort jumps 152 feet
AS PEOPLE mourned the death of one of the founders of the Guinness Book of Records, London was host to a new attempt at a world best.
Eric Scott launched himself 152ft (43m) into the air over Stoke Newington, north London, via a rocket-powered pack attached to his body.
"I am the first one in the books for the record," Scott said, a view which is likely to be backed up by the famous book's officials. "We are waiting to get all the evidence from them, but I can see no reason why this won't be a record," said David Hawkett, of the Guinness Book of Records.
The jet-pack record comes in the week Norris McWhirter died of a heart attack aged 70 on Monday. Norris and twin brother Ross started the book in 1955. It later became a worldwide phenomenon and was turned into a TV series.