“Mad” Mike Hughes suffered a few setbacks in his plan to fly across Amboy, California in a steam powered rocket on November 25 when bureaucrats from the Federal Aeronautics Administration and the Bureau of Land Management raised last minute objections. To make matters worse, the second hand RV Hughes bought on Craigslist for $1,500 to transport himself and his rocket to the launch site suffered a mechanical breakdown en route.
Hughes tells USA Today that officials from BLM told him that it was up to the FAA to approve the flight. The FAA told him, “We can’t honestly approve it. We just know that you are going to do it there.”