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Troy Widgery saw a jetpack in a movie as a child, and later built one of his own.

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DENVER, CO, May 28, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When Troy Widgery was still a child, he saw the James Bond movie Thunderball, starring Sean Connery as Agent 007. In the course of the film, the suave secret agent is threatened by gun-wielding bad guys, but makes a dramatic escape by strapping on a jet pack and flying to safety.

That scene had an enormous impact on Troy Widgery. "Ever since I saw that movie," he says today, "I wanted a flying machine."

Troy Widgery had already shown that he was oriented toward extreme sports. He was racing quarter midget cars as a four year old, and racing motorcycles by the age of seven. By the time he was a teenager he was thinking about a career as a movie stuntman, and also jumping out of airplanes. "I was fifteen, and I was trying to learn all different sports," Troy Widgery says today. "Skydiving was one of them."

Troy Widgery also had a head for business and the big ideas of an entrepreneur. By the time he was a college student at the University of Colorado, he had founded his own company, Sky Systems, a manufacturer of skydiving helmets and other skydiving accessories. Sky Systems was a classic startup: Troy Widgery began with five hundred dollars and was working out of his apartment. But the company quickly succeeded, and became the nation's leading maker of helmets and accessories.

Meanwhile, Troy Widgery kept on skydiving. By 1992, he was a member of the Airmoves skydiving team. His involvement very nearly cost Troy Widgery his life. While the Airmoves team was practicing for the U.S. Skydiving Championships in April 1993, their jump plane crashed on takeoff. Sixteen of the twenty-two people on board lost their lives. Troy Widgery was one of only six to survive.

After he recovered, Troy Widgery was ready for something new. In 1996 he founded Go Fast, a manufacturer of sports clothing. Like its predecessor Sky Systems, Troy Widgery's company did well, and soon expanded to include the Go Fast Energy Drink. By then, the company was known as the Go Fast Sports and Beverage Company.

But Troy Widgery never forgot his dream about flying his own jetpack. He arranged for a demonstration of a jetpack at a Go Fast company event in 2003, and that was it: he and a couple of friends decided to design and build one of their own.

The Go Fast Jet Pack was the result of their brainstorming. And it works: the Go Fast Jet Pack has set world jet pack records by flying across Colorado's Royal Gorge, a distance of some fifteen hundred feet, at seventy-five miles an hour. Demonstrations has amazed viewers on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Fox News channel, CNN, Good Morning America, and many other TV programs. The Go Fast Jet Pack was demonstrated in a flight in front of the world's tallest building in Dubai, when it flew around an electronic billboard for about half a minute. And it was demonstrated at the Summer Olympic Games in London in 2012, when its pilot carried the Olympic Torch.

"I think everyone has the passion to fly," Troy Widgery says, "and that is the mystique of jetpacks."

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