French Inventor Franky Zapata Successfully Crossed The Channel On A Jet-Powered Hoverboard For The First Time
After spending years developing a jet-powered hoverboard, French daredevil successfully flew crossing France to UK.
Franky Zapata blasted off on his hoverboard from Sangatte on the northern coast of France for the 35-kilometer trip to St Margaret's Bay in Dover on August 4, Sunday.
Throughout the flight, three helicopters escorted him as he glided across the water for 22 minutes straight around 8:17 a.m.
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"I had the chance to land in an extraordinary place. It's beautiful. My first thought was to my family. It was huge. Thanks to my wife who always supports me in crazy projects. We worked very hard," he told CNN.
The former ski racing champion initially took to the skies in July on his Flyboard Air vehicle but unfortunately landed on a mounted on a boat as he tried to land midway for refueling.
The 40-years-old Franky suffered some injuries during the fall in the sea and said he worked "15 to 16 hours a day to rebuild the machine."
But he didn't lose his hope; Zaptan who has been working for the project day and night loosened his two fingers during its maiden flight.
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Hard work eventually pays off, Zapata worked with the US and French military forces to work for the project where the French invested $1.4 million to test the board.
As of now, Franky holds the world record for the farthest hoverboard flight, a 2.2 kilometer trip over the Mediterranean Sea on April 2016.
Well, would like to congratulate Franky Zapata for inventing such a revolutionary gadget. Imagine traveling around the world in the hover.
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