French inventor crosses the English Channel on a hoverboard

By Staff Writer | 05 Aug 2019 at 15:18hrs
French inventor Franky Zapata has crossed the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard which he has named the Flyboard Air.

The Flyboard Air is powered by a kerosene-filled backpack, allowing it to complete the 35-kilometre channel crossing in 22 minutes with a single stop to refuel halfway.

Zapata previously attempted to cross the channel in the same manner last month, but failed due to refuelling problems.

"We made a machine three years ago… and now we've crossed the Channel, it's crazy," Zapata told BBC News.

"Whether this is a historic event or not, I'm not the one to decide that, time will tell."



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