Frenchman crosses English Channel on jet-powered flyboard
05 August 2019
Franky Zapata is the first to successfully cross the Channel on a flyboard, after his first attempt encountered complications.
He took off on Sunday from Sangatte, near Calais and landed in St Margaret’s Bay, Dover. He made the 22-mile journey in 22 minutes using his invention, powered by a kerosene-filled backpack and stopping once to refuel.
His first attempt, on July 25, failed when he crashed off a boat 12 miles into the journey trying to refuel. So, this time a larger boat and platform was used – to great success!
Mr Zapata told crowds in Dover he reached speeds to up to 106mph.