Yummy French inventor Franky Zapata (above) attempted to cross the English Channel today on a jet-powered hoverboard that lifted off near the northern port of Calais with 11 gallons of kerosene in his backpack, enough for about 10 minutes of flight. He planned to strap on a new backpack on a vessel waiting midway across the Strait of Dover but was knocked into the water as he landed on the refueling platform.
Still it was pretty damn cool. Watch him go all Green Goblin, below.
Franky and his crew were understandably upset they failed in their mission. via HuffPo:
“It is a huge disappointment. He made his rendezvous with the refueling boat, but the landing platform hit the flyboard, which threw him off balance and knocked him into the water,“support crew member Stephane Denis told BFM television.
Zapata was making his attempt on the 110th anniversary of the first powered airplane flight between Britain and France.
“He had practiced this maneuver in heavier seas without problems, but now, at the most important moment, it failed. Today was the 110th anniversary of Bleriot’s flight. It would have been a poignant moment,” Denis said.
He had hoped to make it to Dover in about 20 minutes. But better luck next time. Because of course there WILL be a next time. This is just the beginning of the hoverboard era, I have NO DOUBT.
You may recall earlier this month Zapata wowed crowds during France’s Bastille Day celebrations, flying over a military parade on Paris’ Place de la Concorde in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It was like looking into the future. Very exciting. Watch that below.