French inventor successfully crosses English Channel on hoverboard
French inventor successfully crosses English Channel on hoverboard

French inventor Franky Zapata successfully crosses the English Channel on his Flyboard Air, a jet-powered hoverboard, making him the first person to achieve the magnificent feat, August 4, 2019.

It takes him 22 minutes to fly over the Channel and land on Saint Margaret’s Bay in southern England from Sangatte in northern France, covering roughly 34 kilometers at an average speed of 140 kilometers per hour, August 4, 2019.

It is his second attempt after his first unsuccessful attempt on July 25, 2019. He ends up falling to the sea when he tries to land on vessel to refuel his device. This time, the team uses a larger refueling vessel which has a larger landing area.
French inventor successfully crosses English Channel on hoverboard

His "flyboard" can make him fly about 15 to 20 meters above the water for ten minutes, so he has to refuel the device midway, which takes no more than two minutes.

Previously, the French military showed interest in Zapata's invention, so they give his company 1.5 million U.S. dollars to develop the device, as well as a private field to test the hoverboard.

Franky Zapata is a French personal watercraft pilot who is the inventor of the Flyboard and Flyboard Air, founder of Zapata Racing. Since 2012, Zapata's efforts have been focused on the development and manufacture of personal flyers for land and aquatic applications.
French inventor successfully crosses English Channel on hoverboard

Zapata invented the Flyboard in 2011, a device that uses a water jet to propel the rider through the air behind a boat. He later invented the Flyboard Air, a board powered by four turbo jet engines that allows a rider to fly through the air untethered, using a computer to keep it stabilized. In 2016, Zapata set a world record for the farthest hoverboard flight after he flew the Flyboard Air along the south coast of France for 2,252 meters (About 1.4 miles).