When the Wright Brothers became the first to fly a powered and controllable airplane over the dunes of Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903, they set in motion a series of events that would change the way man viewed the sky. Slightly more than two decades later, pilots were successfully completing transatlantic flights; and with aviation possibilities seemingly limitless, science fiction magazines of the time began to print fantastical stories of men flying without the use of an airplane at all. Thus, the notion of the jet pack was born.