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Jet-pack record set on Catalina Island

Troy Case sent in this photo of extreme-sports athlete Dean O'Malley setting a world record Saturday after successfully 'jet-packing' from Newport Beach to Catalina Island. (Troy Case)
September 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Extreme-sports athlete Dean O'Malley set a world record Saturday after successfully "jet-packing" from Newport Beach to Catalina Island.

O'Malley left Newport harbor at 7 a.m. Saturday.

He ended the 26.2- mile journey four hours later in Avalon, setting a record for longest flight on a jet pack. The jet pack uses water to propel the device and the pilot in the air.

Saturday's feat coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the first seaplane flight from Newport to Catalina.


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