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WorldFranky Zapata, France's 'flying soldier,' to attempt Channel crossing Thursday

17:10  22 july  2019
17:10  22 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Franky Zapata, France's 'flying soldier,' to attempt Channel crossing Thursday© Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 14: Zapata CEO Franky Zapata flies a jet-powered hoverboard or "Flyboard" during the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue Avenue on July 14, 2019 in Paris, France. At the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, a dozen European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker participate in the traditional parade of July 14 which is placed this year under the sign of European military cooperation. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Ferry passengers traveling between England and France should keep their eyes peeled for an unusual sight on Thursday as French inventor Franky Zapata attempts to cross the English Channel on his jet-powered hoverboard.

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The former jet ski racing champion will take to the skies on his Flyboard Air vehicle on July 25, according to Krysten Zapata, his wife and media spokeswoman, in an attempt that will mark the 110th anniversary of the first aerial crossing of the Channel.

Crossing the Channel would require Zapata to refuel several times, and if he succeeds he will smash his record for the longest Flyboard Air flight.

The crossing will be far more difficult than his now-famous appearance at the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on July 14, according to Zapata.

While the Bastille Day flight only used "3% of the machine's capacity," a successful crossing of the Channel will take "99.9%," he said.

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A French inventor is making plans to cross the English Channel on his jet-powered flyboard. Franky Zapata recently made headlines by soaring over the street of Paris for France ’ s Bastille Day celebrations on 14 July, earning praise from the country’s President Emmanuel Macron.

A ' flying soldier ' wowed crowds in Paris today when he arrived at France ' s Bastille Day parade on Franky Zapata , 40, brandished an unloaded rifle as a he raced at high speed above world leaders Mr Zapata is now planning to cross the English Channel on the board, although this would require

Zapata said he believes he has a "30% chance" of making it across, and admitted to feeling greater pressure now that there is a lot more interest in his exploits.

Zapata came to the world's attention after flying over Paris on Bastille Day.

Crowds cheered as he circled above the Champs-Elysees on the Flyboard Air during a military parade attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and political representatives from other European countries.

"When you fly with your body, even your hands affect the direction you want to go in. You feel the turbulence and the air through your fingers," Zapata told CNN.

"It's like becoming a bird. But it's also very hard. I have to fight against the wind with my legs so there's pain too. It's not as peaceful as it looks."

Three years in the making, the Flyboard Air can reach an altitude of nearly 500 feet -- with the potential to go much higher -- and a speed of 87 miles per hour.

Flying Frenchman to fulfil Channel crossing 'dream'

Flying Frenchman to fulfil Channel crossing 'dream' A daredevil French inventor said Wednesday he was ready to realise his dream of flying between France and Britain across the Channel on a jet-powered "flyboard" after finally overcoming bureaucratic obstacles. Franky Zapata, a former jet skiing champion, aims to soar above the Channel "like a bird" on Thursday morning in a scene likely to resemble a science fiction film. In a tribute to past aviation heroes, the 40-year-old has picked the day that marks 110 years since pioneer Louis Bleriot made the first airplane flight across the Channel on July 25, 1909.

Franky Zapata thrilled crowds at the Bastille Day parade but this trip is far riskierCHARLES He has chosen Thursday , the 110th anniversary of the first aeroplane crossing by Louis Blériot. The finalist of the France Has Incredible Talent TV contest was given a €1.4 million defence minister grant last

Franky Zapata , a former JetSki champion and army reservist, last featured his Flyboard during the annual He plans to cross the channel on Thursday , the 110th anniversary the first aerial crossing of the He said he would adapt by flying 70m above the ocean on the French side of the channel

Zapata has worked with the US and French militaries, with the French investing $1.4 million to pay for tests of the board.

French special forces are interested in the flying board for several uses, including as a possible assault device, said Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.

Zapata told CNN that regulations need to be worked out and safety issues looked at before the technology can be put to wider, recreational use.

Franky Zapata, France's 'flying soldier,' to attempt Channel crossing Thursday© ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images Zapata demonstrated the Flyboard Air during Bastille Day celebrations on July 14.

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