Flying Frenchman Franky Zapata completes jet-powered hoverboard Channel crossing
French inventor Franky Zapata has made the first successful crossing of the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard, on his second attempt.
The 40-year-old crossed the Strait of Dover, landing in St Margaret’s Bay, Kent, on Sunday morning having taken off from Sangatte, near Calais.
Mr Zapata failed in his first attempt last week to make the 22-mile crossing after he crashed into a refuelling boat 12 miles into the flight and fell into the water.
Sunday's successful crossing used a larger boat to make landing easier.
The hoverboard can reach speeds of up 118mph (190km/h) and has five turbines which are powered by kerosene stored in Mr Zapata’s backpack.
The inventor came to public attention when he took part in a military display as part of France’s Bastille Day commemorations in Paris.