Frenchman crosses the English Channel on a hoverboard


Blackleaf
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French inventor Franky Zapata has made the first-ever successful Channel crossing on a jet-powered flyboard.

Mr Zapata, 40, took off from Sangatte, near Calais, at 06:17 GMT on Sunday and landed in St Margaret's Bay in Dover.

The invention, powered by a kerosene-filled backpack, made the 22-mile (35.4-km) journey in 22 minutes.

Franky Zapata: Flyboarding Frenchman crosses English Channel


BBC News
4 August 2019



French inventor Franky Zapata has made the first-ever successful Channel crossing on a jet-powered flyboard.

Mr Zapata, 40, took off from Sangatte, near Calais, at 06:17 GMT on Sunday and landed in St Margaret's Bay in Dover.

The invention, powered by a kerosene-filled backpack, made the 22-mile (35.4-km) journey in 22 minutes.

Mr Zapata, a former jet-ski champion, had failed in his first attempt to cross the Channel on 25 July after complications with refuelling.

"We made a machine three years ago... and now we've crossed the Channel, it's crazy," he told reporters, before breaking into tears.

"Whether this is a historic event or not, I'm not the one to decide that, time will tell," he added.


The French inventor successfully negotiated a refuelling stop and made the crossing to Dover

Mr Zapata told crowds in Dover that he had reached speeds of up to 106mp) during the flight.

His greatest challenge had been to refuel by switching to another backpack during the crossing.

In his previous attempt, the Frenchman fell into the sea before reaching a boat that was carrying a second backpack.

A larger boat and platform was used for this latest crossing, with an escort by three helicopters.

Mr Zapata received widespread attention during the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris last month, when he took part in a military display on his futuristic flyboard.

France's military has also sought to develop the technology for itself, and recently gave his company, Z-AIR, a 1.3m ($1.4m; 1.28m) grant.

In an interview with France Inter radio, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said the flyboard could serve several purposes, "for example as a flying logistical platform or, indeed, as an assault platform".







https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49225001
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White_Unifier
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Brexiteers will flip once Poles get a hold of these en masse.
 
MHz
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Cool, how far did he get on his first attempt?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by White_Unifier View Post

Brexiteers will flip once Poles get a hold of these en masse.

And quite rightly, too.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Cool, how far did he get on his first attempt?

On his first attempt on 25th July - the 110th anniversary of Louis Bleriot becoming the first person to cross the Channel in a plane - I think he only got about halfway across when he ditched into the water after failing to refuel.

Here's a video of today's successful crossing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIn4JsRpwNg
 
Curious Cdn
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Back in the old days, Biggles would have shot that Frenchie down.
 
Jarmo
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

And quite rightly, too.

You did means UK been new nazi Empire like WW2??
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jarmo View Post

You did means UK been new nazi Empire like WW2??

They're really not that ambitious.

Not even close ...
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

On his first attempt on 25th July - the 110th anniversary of Louis Bleriot becoming the first person to cross the Channel in a plane - I think he only got about halfway across when he ditched into the water after failing to refuel.

He has in-flight refueling capabilities?? From what, a special chopper or a military drone?
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

He has in-flight refueling capabilities?? From what, a special chopper or a military drone?

From that goat skin full of Armanac hanging around his neck?
 
MHz
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Must be awful to have a troll addiction where you have to respond to every post I make rather than just attacking the 'off-topic' posts. You and the loco collective do that to every thread. Gas prices in BC is how many pages long now? How many pages would be gone if all the off-topic posts were removed? That is done because new threads about world events is not really what the loco collective is all about now is it?
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Must be awful to have a troll addiction where you have to respond to every post I make rather than just attacking the 'off-topic' posts. You and the loco collective do that to every thread. Gas prices in BC is how many pages long now? How many pages would be gone if all the off-topic posts were removed? That is done because new threads about world events is not really what the loco collective is all about now is it?

I was just about to say the same thing about you ...