Iron Man Flying Suit Gets Visor Controlled Gun. What Could Go Wrong?
By Ben Philippi
Richard Browning with his Daedalus Mark 1 flying suit with a shoulder-mounted airsoft gun. That muzzle orientation, though…yikes. (Photo: James Bruton / Youtube)
Gravity Industries’ jet-powered flying suit tested a select-fire airsoft rifle to demonstrate the potential of a weaponized flying soldier.
Richard Browning is the British inventor and former Royal Marine Reservist, behind the Daedalus Mark 1 flying suit. It uses several small jet engines to achieve flight, flying over 50 miles-per-hour for roughly 10 minutes. Browning demonstrated the suit’s flying capabilities many times, earning the nickname the “real-life Iron Man”.
Recently, he enlisted the help of DIY 3-D printing genius and engineer James Bruton to add a little spice to his getup. Bruton fabricated a shoulder-mounted airsoft rifle controlled by the pilot’s visor which can be fired in semi-auto or full-auto modes.
On October 7, 2019, Bruton posted a video showing Browning flying the jet suit and firing the rifle. Although Gravity Industries made it clear that the addition of the weapon is merely for entertainment reasons only, it does open the door to a weaponized flying suit in the future.
Frank Zapata hovering over Bastille Day in Paris, France on his Flyboard Air holding a fake rifle.
Browning is not the first to weaponize his