The Nazis were working on jetpacks? It’s true.
by Mark R
I like writing articles about jet-packs, and I just had to write about this one when I heard it was a Nazi jet pack.
Seriously, I’m not trying to tell you that all that jet-pack stuff that you may or may not have seen saw in The Rocketeer was real? Of course not, but the Nazis were playing around with this particular model, also known as the HimmelSturmer (aka the Skystormer).
Just to let you know, this picture here isn’t taken from some old Nazi archive files. It is simply a representation of what could have been.
The HimmelSturmer used a pulse jet engine, like the type used in the V-1 Buzz Bomb that rained on England many a time during the war.
The purpose of the HimmelSturmer isn’t to make the wearer fly like Superman, but it is to make the wearer leap tall buildings in a single bound. At least able to jump over minefields, barbed wire, trenches, or anything else that might get in the way.
It was planned for the soldiers to create 180 foot jumps at an altitude of 50 feet. As far as my source says, this tech arrived late in the war, and it doesn’t look like there was an active prototype.
Still, the idea of Nazi jet-packs is just plain cool, right? From a science-fiction standpoint, of course.