Flyboard inventor attempts English Channel crossing
French inventor Franky Zapata takes off on a Flyboard to cross the English channel from Sangatte to Dover, in more
Zapata lifted off near the northern port of Calais with 42 liters of kerosene in his backpack, enough for aboumore
Zapata was making his attempt on the 110th anniversary of the first powered flight between Britain and France.more
Zapata had received a 1.3 million euro grant from the French army in late 2018 to help finance the developmentmore
Zapata took off from Sangatte, France, at 0706 GMT. Flying at up to 87 mph (140 kph) at an altitude of betweenmore
He disappeared from spectators' view within moments, trailed by a helicopter, but minutes later his team annoumore
On July 25, 1909, Frenchman Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly across the Channel in an airplane. Sincemore
Zapata, a champion on jetski-powered waterboards, steers his craft by leaning forward or backward and controlsmore
"It is a huge disappointment. He made his rendezvous with the refueling boat, but the landing platform hit themore
French inventor Franky Zapata poses with a Flyboard during a news conference as he prepares to cross the Englimore
French inventor Franky Zapata checks a Flyboard before a demonstration as he prepares to cross the English chamore
Zapata flies on a Flyboard during a demonstration as he prepares to cross the English channel. REUTERS/Pascalmore
Zapata had wowed crowds during France's July 14 Bastille Day celebrations, flying over a military parade on Pamore
Zapata performs over the ground with his Flyboard during the Breitling Airshow in Sion, Switzerland, Septembermore
Zapata breaks the Guinness World Records of the farthest flight by hoverboard with the IPU Flyboard Air after more
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