The real Clark Gable wears this weird jetpack

The original Triumph Jetpack was born with a mission: to get people from one place to another faster than a helicopter. But while a modern iteration of this aeronautical curiosity sells for the hefty…

The real Clark Gable wears this weird jetpack

The original Triumph Jetpack was born with a mission: to get people from one place to another faster than a helicopter.

But while a modern iteration of this aeronautical curiosity sells for the hefty price of $2.5 million and is available for ordering, the 1932 early iteration jetpack doesn’t come cheap.

The original jetpack has a asking price of $100,000, but an approximately 35-year-old exhibition in the Manchester Museum, England, still sports an unusual piece from the “robust 1930s”: a shrunken figure of Clark Gable, from the movie “Gone With the Wind,” wearing the plane as a hat and holding a leather mask like a respirator. Gable’s character — Rhett Butler– appears to have been the only person in the world with the jetpack in 1932.

The hot air balloon which Gable and the staff of Atlanta Motor Speedway used to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 1932. Getty Images/Augustine Camus

Butler’s glistening beefcake, obviously, does little to celebrate the accomplishments of the brave and idealistic crowd for whom this jetpack was invented. But then again, the jetpack didn’t really exist until a year after Butler joined Gable in the race. That came in the form of an aeronautical runner called the Flyer, whose innovations were the real stars of the show. The two were (fortunately) not paired up for any races.

For those who care, the Geneva Jetpack Co. allegedly made a 3-inch jetpack which came equipped with tires, gears, suspension, and a leash to get you from the ground to the sky. However, the effort was more in search of glamour than efficiency.

See some photos from the early jetpack ahead.

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