A French inventor and entrepreneur on Sunday soared above the Champs-Elysees on a turbine-engine-powered flyboard in front of President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders.
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— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 14, 2019
Former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata, grasping a rifle in a sign of the possible military uses of his device, took to the air in a futuristic showpiece of the annual Bastille Day parade, an AFP reporter said.
Zapata, who first developed his device flying above water, says that the flyboard has the power to take off and reach speeds up to 190 kilometres an hour (118 mph) and run for 10 minutes.
Zapata aims to make the crossing on July 25, 110 years to the day after pioneering aviator Louis Bleriot made the first airplane flight across the Channel.