Green Goblin, eat your heart out!

There you are, soaring above the clouds, gazing down upon the Earth, the atmosphere rushing around you as you defy gravity. Then poof, you wake up, still ground-bound and in bed, and you realize you’re late for work. Damnit. Well, not to worry, because these days, personal flying machines are popping up all the time. Take this one, for example - the Opensky M-02J, a Japanese-made, jet-powered glider that might make your dreams come true.

Offering up accommodations for just a single individual, this glider is basically a pair of wings with a single center-mounted engine, which the pilot appears to mount in a prone position. The whole thing is over 30 feet wide and nearly seven feet long, and offers a top speed of 124 mph (although the recommended cruising speed is between 31 and 56 mph). Flight times vary, but average around 15 minutes. You might also wanna cut down on the cheeseburgers, as the maximum occupant weight is limited to 110 pounds. You’ll need to be pretty dextrous as well, as the aircraft is controlled by shifting your weight forward and aft to climb and dive respectively, left and right to bank.

Overall, we think this thing is pretty damn cool. As you might expect, it isn’t cheap either, as costs to produce this working prototype come to well over a quarter million dollars. Unfortunately, there are no plans in place to produce any more examples, but the fact this thing exists at all is pretty exciting, don’t ya think?

M-02J Test Flight

M-02J Take off and Landing

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General characteristics

Crew: 1
Capacity: 1
Length: 2083 mm (6.83 ft)
Wingspan: 9636 mm (31.61 ft)
Height: 1057 mm (3.47 ft)
Wing area: 12.2 m² (131.3 sq ft)
Airfoil: high forward camber, reflexed
Empty weight: 50 kg (110 lb)
Useful load: 50 kg (110 lb)
Loaded weight: 105 kg (231 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 115 kg (253 lb)
Mean aerodynamic chord: 1287 mm (4.22 ft)
Aspect ratio: 3.74 (quite low for a glider)
L/D ratio: 18 (planned)
Fuel capacity: 10 L (planned)
Powerplant: 1 × (undisclosed engine) , 40 kg (88 lbf)

Never exceed speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
Maximum speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Cruise speed: (projected) 50–90 km/h (31–56 mph)
Stall speed: 36 km/h (23 mph)
Wing loading: 8.6 kg/sqm (0.0122 lb/sqin)
Thrust/weight: 0.36

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