Real-Life ‘Iron Man’ Flying Suit Not an April Fools’ Joke, According to Inventor

Strap six mini jet engines to your body — what could go wrong?

March 31, 2017 9:00 am

After Mark Zuckerberg built his own version of Tony Stark’s AI personal assistant Jarvis, we thought Zuck was the closest thing we had to a real-life Iron Man.

Now, after seeing the jet-powered suit inventor Richard Browning designed, we’re not so sure.

Constructed based on patents filed by his tech startup Gravity, Browning’s “Daedalus” suit will be able to hit speeds of up to 200 MPH if it has enough room to accelerate properly allegedly.

Developed in a garage over 10 months, the suit is propelled by six engines that are similar to the models used to power airplanes which are mounted on the arms and lower back, allegedly.

“The suit can fly in most locations. Despite being capable of flying at several hundred miles per hour, and at thousands of feet, normal operation sees the wearer flying at no more than a couple of meters,” Browning told

Iron man suit (2 images)

It all sounds good, but given that Browning chose to open up about his company and the suit on March 31st, the day before April Foolin’ happens, we’re skeptical everything’s on the up and up.

We’re not the only ones.

“They don’t believe it, but then they see it on places like the Discovery Channel,” Browning told The Independent. “The timing’s not been great, between April Fool’s and Brexit, but I can absolutely tell you it’s real.”

We’re not convinced, but if it’s real, it’s spectacular. Decide for yourself:

Images courtesy of Anthony Rubinstein/

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