The Rocketbelt Caper: A True Tale of Invention, Obsession and Murder

The Rocketbelt Caper
A True Tale of Invention, Obsession and Murder

Paul Brown
Paperback, ISBN 9780956227003
Also available as an ebook

‘A delight to read. Genuinely stranger than fiction. Recommended.’ – Popular Science UK

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The Rocketbelt Caper

‘We finished the rocketbelt, and from then on there was murder, kidnapping, and all kinds of other stuff.’

When three friends set out on a quest to build a real-life Buck Rogers-style flying machine, their obsession with the Rocketbelt 2000, or ‘Pretty Bird’, shattered their friendship and set in motion an astonishing chain of events involving theft, deception, a bizarre kidnapping, a ten million dollar lawsuit and a horrifically brutal murder. This book also reveals the secret history of the flying jetpack, involving Nazi scientists, James Bond, and the US Army. From sci-fi to reality, this is the true story of the amazing rocketbelt.


‘A delight to read. Genuinely stranger than fiction. Recommended.’ – Popular Science UK

‘The story has all the markings of a Hollywood blockbuster, and is a bizarrely unforgettable read.’ – The Crack

‘A can’t-put-it-down murder mystery that shows how obsession and betrayal can lead people to commit dastardly deeds.’ – General Aviation News

‘Reads like good movie material.’ – BBC Focus

‘There’s probably a Tarantino movie in this somewhere.’ – Fortean Times

‘Begins with a brief history of rocketbelts that’s probably the best ever in print.’ – Beam Jockey

‘This book is a must have.’ – Airwalker Society of Rocketbelt Enthusiasts

The Rocketbelt Caper was selected as one of ShortList magazine’s 25 greatest summer reads.

Read an extract: Murder, Kidnapping and All Kinds of Other Stuff

Product details

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780956227003
Size: 203x127mm
Pages: 180
Published: 2009
Publisher: Superelastic
Price: £7.99
Also available as an eBook
First published in 2005 by Lulu Press and in 2007 by Tonto Press


Published by Paul Brown

Writes about football, history, true adventure. The Guardian, Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Longreads, Deadspin, etc. Latest book: The Ruhleben Football Association. Twitter: @paulbrownUK