By Judy Kurtz
It’s a science fiction fan’s fantasy: drones, jet packs and “Star Trek” stars are poised to descend on Washington, D.C., as part of a futuristic festival.
Smithsonian Magazine obtained clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a jet pack and present a live drone flight as part of its "2014 The Future is Here Festival" in Washington from May 16 to 18.
Smithsonian’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Caruso said in a news release, “For years now, science fiction fans have been asking, ‘Where's my jet pack?’… We can't promise a jet pack to everybody who comes, but at least you can see whether you really want one.”
The fest will also feature a live drone flight inside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
“Star Trek’s” George Takei will be on-hand for the sci-fi festivities and Sir Patrick Stewart will lead a Q&A session following an advanced screening of his new movie, “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”