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French inventor flies across English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard

Nicole Gallucci

French inventor Franky Zapata has officially crossed the English Channel by hoverboard. 

On Aug. 4, weeks after a failed Bastille Day flight, Zapata hopped on the jet-powered hoverboard that he invented, called the "Flyboard Air," and set out to fly across the 35-kilometer channel. This time, he was successful.

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Zapata's board is propelled by five small jet engines, and after he stopped halfway to refuel his board on a boat, Reuters reports that he was able to cross the Channel and land in a little more than 20 minutes. Read more...

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