A Back to the Future fan has fulfilled a lifelong ambition – by flying through the air on his own ‘hoverboard’.
Sam Rogers, 24, recreated a classic cinematic moment alongside a DeLorean time machine to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a true Marty McFly.
The tech note shot a video showing him flying through the air along a sunset runway using a £ 340,000 3D printed jet suit, which he designed.
Complete with authentic Marty McFly jacket, cap and sneakers, Sam can be seen in the clip soaring alongside one of the most iconic movie cars of all time.
It is believed that someone is the closest thing to flying a real working hoverboard, made famous by the 1989 blockbuster Back to the Future Part II.
Sam is the design leader and test pilot for British aerospace innovation companies Gravity Industries and AdditiveX.
He said the Back to the Future films have always played a role in his youth and inspired his fascination with flight, space and design.
Sam, who got a toy from DeLorean as a 10th birthday gift from his grandparents, said, “I never thought I’d ever be in a DeLorean, let alone capture something so cinematic – probably bring a hoverboard close by if ever before actually floats.
In the movie, the vehicles didn’t need speed to take off, they floated. There is something about floating that is so magical to see.
“Now that I’m 24, I’ve helped design and pilot a jet suit designed by former Royal Marine Richard Browning that allows a pilot to fly with as little equipment as possible.
“I am working on the design of the suit that is mainly 3D printed in metal and polymer.”
The jet suit with 1,000 braking forces, made of aluminum, nylon and steel, weighs 27 kilos and is the fastest in the world – at a speed of 50 km / h.
It has kerosene-powered turbines on the back and on the arms, each with 22 kg of thrust, with the control buttons in the handles.
Sam, who graduated from Loughborough University last year, came up with the idea to use his groundbreaking invention to create a real hoverboard.
But first he had to learn to drive the jet suit with a hoverboard attached to his feet with Velcro.
Sam from Salisbury, Wiltshire added, “Last summer I had the idea of trying to fly with the hoverboard at my feet.
“It was pretty wobbly at first, while being screwed with both feet on one platform while flying makes it feel weird. You use your legs a lot when landing.
“But after a few tries I became stable enough and now we had a flying hoverboard – all we needed now was the car.”
Sam saw a replica of the film model while presenting his jet suit at the Yeovilton Air Show in Somerset last year and spoke to the owner.
The car, hoverboard and gravity jet suit all came together for the May 23 shoot.
He said, “It’s just one fair shot, no trick involved, with the time machine and hoverboard sliding down the runway together.
“We did it in two takes. On one of the takes I had a bit of an emergency landing, except that I landed on my back on that little toy Dolorean, everything was fine.
“The photos were still great and I was very happy with the results. As a lifelong Back to the Future fan, it really was a dream come true.”