Up in the air, junior birdman, and then down.

“An executive of a company that develops jetpacks is in serious condition after crashing during a test flight of one of his products in Denver,” reports the Associated Press. Photos, post-crash, are on display in the SFGate version of that AP report. (Thanks to Adam K. Olson for bringing this to our attention.)

A CBS News report last July says: “According to Nick ‘The Jet Pack Man’ Macomber, it won’t be long before people will be able to fly short distances in their own machines.” That proved to be correct.

A generation or more of bold experimenters took flight, or thought about trying, inspired by the song “Up in the air, junior birdmen!” Here are some video tributes to that song and those people.