On Sunday morning, the French jet-ski champion Franky Zapata uccessfully crossed the English Channel on his self-made "flyboard."
He flew across the 21.7 miles that separate the French town of Sangatte from Saint Margaret's at Cliffe on the southeast British coast. The trip took a total of 22 minutes. One refueling stop in the middle was needed. Zapata became known as the "flying soldier" when he showed off his invention before the world's media at France's annual Bastille Day military parade on July 14. Flyboard Air is a type of jetpack/hoverboard powered by gas turbines that Zapata invented. It achieved a Guinness World Record for farthest flight by hoverboard in April 2016 of 2,252.4 m. The inventor claims that it allows flight up to an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,000 m) and has a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).
Previously, on July 25, Zapata had launched near Sangatte Beach on his flying board, but had to abandon the challenge when he dropped a few minutes later into English waters after hitting the supply boat platform at very low speed. But this time it was different. Zapata arrived on British soil at 8:38 a.m., landing on a platform in a field at the top of a cliff.