NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — An Orange County man set a world record on Saturday for the longest flight on a jet pack.
Extreme-athlete Dean O’Malley used a jet pack made by his company, JetLev Southwest, to fly from Newport Beach all the way to Catalina Island.READ MORE: Man Shot While Walking Dogs In Hollywood, 2 French Bulldogs Stolen
The 26.2-mile trip took four-and-a-half hours.
He stayed close to the water to keep up speed and save fuel.READ MORE: 2 People Killed, 3 Critically Hurt In Violent South LA Collision
Art Barron, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said the trip used up 45 gallons of gas.
O’Malley told Barron he was attempting the world record, “just to prove that it can be done.”
“It’s one of those things where people talk about. It should be do-able, but is it do-able,” he said earlier Saturday.MORE NEWS: At Least 2 Homes Destroyed When Wind-Whipped Fire Rips Through Bloomington Neighborhood
The record-setting trip occurred on the 100th anniversary of aviator Glenn L. Martin’s historic flight to Catalina from Newport Beach.