French Flying Man Crosses English Channel

Flying Man crosses English Channel on jet-powered

A Frenchman who has spent years developing a jet-powered hoverboard zoomed across the Channel on Sunday, after a first attempt last month was cut short when he fell into the water while trying to refuel. Franky Zapata set off on his “Flyboard” from Sangatte on the northern coast of France for the 20-minute trip and landed at St. Margaret’s Bay in Dover, on England’s south coast. IMAGES of Franky Zapata taking off from France and flying over the Channel

“For the last five to six kilometres I just really enjoyed it,” Zapata told reporters on arrival. “Whether this is a historic event or not, I’m not the one to decide that, time will tell.””We made a machine three years ago…and now we’ve crossed the Channel, it’s crazy,” he said, before breaking into tears.

Self-balancing boards are now available in everywhere. These so-called hoverboards range in price from $200 to $1700, we can purchase it easily from Amazon ,but there have been reports of some boards catching fire. CNET’s Brian Tong tested several. He breaks down what you really need to know before deciding which one to buy and where to buy it.

You want to know more about hoverboard

Flyboard Air is a type of jetpack/hoverboard powered by gas turbines. It was invented by French water-craft rider Franky Zapata, founder of Zapata racing.

It achieved a Guinness World Record for farthest flight by hoverboard in April 2016 of 2,252.4 m (7,389.8 ft; 2,463.3 yd; 1.4 mi). Zapata Racing claims that it allows flight up to an altitude of 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) and has a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). It also has 10 minutes’ endurance.The load capacity is 102 kg (225 lb). The “jet-powered hoverboard” is powered by five turbines and is fueled by kerosene.

Zapata participated in the 2019 Bastille Day military parade riding his invention.His attempt to cross the English Channel on 25 July 2019 failed as he fell into the sea at the refuelling platform. A second crossing attempt on 4 August 2019 succeeded.[8] Escorted by French Army helicopters and using a backpack fuel reservoir, he accomplished the journey – 35 kilometres (22 mi) – with one refueling stop at the midpoint. Zapata reached a speed of 177 km/h (110 mph) during the 20-minute flight. The trip started at Sangatte in the Pas-de-Calais department in France and concluded at St Margaret’s at Cliffe in Kent, United Kingdom where he landed safely.

 

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