Matthew Bellamy bought a paramotor during the Showbiz tour,[source?] apparently by impulse purchase and costing £6,000, though he recalled in 2008 that it cost around £10,000. He was inspired to buy it from an opponent flying into a boxing match with Mike Tyson. The paramotor was one of Bellamy's first high-priced purchases using the band's royalty payments. The engine apparently is 50cc.
Though he claimed to be learning how to use it and that he'd nearly obtained his licence in the former half of 2000 in his 2008 recollection he said he had used it only once, but keeps meaning to learn. It seems that he did arrange some lessons, so the time he did fly it probably was one of those.
Before it was apparent Muse were going to have commercial success as a band, Bellamy planned to use the paramotor to fly over sports matches with advertisement banners. He apparently was approached with an offer of £500 for filming aerial shots of a football match, but by that time Muse were doing well enough financially and so he didn't accept the offer.
Although the device is a powered paraglider, it was dubbed a jet pack. This is a source of confusion, as some people are lead to believe it is a jet or rocket propelled backpack.
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