While we know some better ways to see the Statue of Liberty, you have to give David Mayman an A for effort. Mayman was trying out his JB-9 Jetpack around New York Harbor right by the Statue of Liberty.

You couldn’t find a better location for the maiden flight of a jetpack. Actually, it’s a an ideal location for anything, really.

Mayman has been dreaming of making a jetpack since he first saw James Bond use one. So much so, he founded the business, JetPack Aviation, with partner Nelson Tyler, to research and build the version you see today. They have been developing the device for ten years but also claim it has been over 25 years in the making.

“After 10 years of working together, Nelson and I have finally launched our jetpack in public when I flew around the Statue of Liberty in New York and what an extraordinary location to do it. We are truly privileged and humbled,” he said.

Needless to say, they had to jump through a lot of hoops before being able to launch and they say authorities weren’t entirely convinced when they mentioned a jetpack.

The flight was so impressive it made the news around the country.

It certainly is a spectacular view of New York City’s most well-known landmark.

Hornblower can also give you great views of the most iconic NYC landmarks the harbor has to offer. All our cruises get you up close to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and unlike the jetpack, you’ll have plenty of time for photo opportunities. Take a selfie with Lady Liberty herself!

You’ll see just as much as with a jetpack, but with all the comforts of Hornblower’s yachts.

If you want to see the iconic landmarks of New York on a New York sightseeing cruise, there’s no better way than aboard our International Sightseeing Cruise.

To see all the sights on land and water, try the Big Bus 2-Day Deluxe Tour and Sightseeing Cruise.

If you’re looking for something a little more refined, but with all the same great views, try our Manhattan Dinner Cruise, or Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise.

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