#2158: Dirijet

Today’s invention is another attempt at a personal flying machine.

This consists of a set of inflatable, cigar-shaped envelopes attached to the top edge of a large paramotor.

These small airships would be filled with eg Helium but angled so that a large component of lift would come from the angle of attack of the ‘wing’ they form (rather than just from buoyancy).

The pilot (and fuel tank) is suspended below the whole affair in order to maintain stability and would steer by tugging differentially on wires attached to the balloons.