The Williams X-Jet people, it was pattented- do a quick google search
I know it's hard to believe you've been lied to about having a large amount of freedom/mobility, but how are people going to keep buying junk at convenience stores and gas stations if they're flying directly to where they want, when they want as a crow flies?
The Williams X-Jet, created by Williams International, was a small, light-weight Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) system powered by a modified Williams F107 turbofan aircraft engine. This vehicle was nicknamed "The Flying Pulpit". It was designed to be operated by and carry one person and controlled by leaning in the direction of desired travel and adjusting the power. It could move in any direction, accelerate rapidly, hover, and rotate on its axis, staying aloft for up to 45 minutes and traveling at speeds up to 60 miles per hour (100 km/h). It was evaluated by the U.S. Army in the 1980s, and was deemed inferior to the capabilities of helicopters and small unmanned aircraft.
Other VTOL systems developed by Williams International included a jet-powered flying belt developed in 1969, which was powered by a Williams WR19 turbofan, and the WASP (Williams Aerial Systems Platform) developed in the 1970s, which was powered by the more powerful WR19-9.
Do you think the patent office is faking stuff just for fun?
Guess what, Perfessor?
You're right. It IS a conspiracy. Nobody wants you flying around in one of these. I am one of those people who have kept you down by stifling projects like this.
Want to know why?
Because I do not want YOU, or your soccer mom wife or your bratty entitled children flying around over my head in some coffee can with a jet engine blowing dirt and leaves in my face all the time. People like you mange to kill and maim others JUST FINE as it is driving around in those four-wheeled contraptions you use to inconveniently go to the Wal Mart and buy your consumer goods.
Nobody has been lied to about these things, ES. NOBODY HAS BEEN LIED TO. The technology works. It is just not practical, and not safe to have hundreds of them flying all over the place. If it WAS practical, AND IF the FAA would license them for public use, then you would see them. However, there is no real way to create a safety infrastructure that will support them. I don't want to build a steel net over my house so when your girlfriend runs out of gas she doesn't fall on my house and create a fireball in my living room, while shooting 5000 moving parts of that jet engine all through my walls.
Another consideration is the insurance and development costs of certification. If the fixed costs of developing an building one Cessna 182 runs at about 50% of the sale price of the airplane, and a Cessna 182 with all the bells and whistles will run you around 220K, (and general fixed wing aviation already
has a worldwide, intricate and highly developed safety and control infrastructure), then how exactly do you think this thing would be affordable to anyone other than the very wealthy? Here's a clue: it wouldn't. At the end of the day it is neither practical nor cost efficient in either military or civilian applications.
The bottom line here is that conspiracy theorists like you conveniently leave out those facts that would lead logical people (which you are not) to conclude that you are either being held back, denied your freedom, lied to, discriminated against, or otherwise cheated out of the George Jetson world you think you would have IF ONLY the government would stop holding you back or concelaing the real possibilities of life from you.
In your specific case, you believe that large corporate interests hold things like this back in the interest of making money (or not allowing other money making ventures to infringe on that ability). In arriving at this conclusion, you leave off one half of the equation- if there was a buck to be made on this contraption, it would be made, because those corporate interests work in both directions.
Seriously, you should go talk to a specialist. If going through life thinking you are just a battery for the machines is your idea of happiness, then by all means continue with your fantasies. Let me tell you that most normal people, when they pause to consider what their lives would be like if only the government would allow them to have flying pods, cars that run on mule farts, teleporters, and that same government would just stop
staging major terrorist attacks in order to cover up all of their covering up..... most normal people generally stop for a moment, wonder what the hell they were thinking about, and then go about finding the best happiness they can in the absence of all of these trinkets they would have if only the government would just let them bloom. If they think about it at all.
I am serious- you really should see someone. I spent 17 years in a career where I had the privilege of seeing how guys like you end up, and it is no way to live. At best, there is feces-smearing-on-bedroom-walls and cash hoarding in trash cans and behind bookshelves in your future. Now, that's the first and last I will say about it, because that is as charitable as I can be to someone who is ultimately a truther douchenozzle.