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Martin jetpack lifts off 35 years after conception

A Martin Jetpack prototype during a demonstration flight in Shenzhen, China, in December 2015   © Martin Aircraft Co.

WELLINGTON -- Like many five-year-old boys, Glenn Martin dreamed of flying with his own jetpack. But for the New Zealander, the dream became a passion and he devoted 34 years of his life turning it into reality.

Production of the Martin Jetpack is underway at Martin Aircraft in Christchurch, New Zealand, this year but the inventor is unlikely to be present at the celebrations when the first one comes off the assembly line. Martin left the company last year after disagreeing with management over strategy.

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