Franky Zapata Jet Pack Record
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Flying Frenchman Crosses English Channel On A Jet-Powered Hoverboard

The inventor came to public attention when he took part in a military display at France's Bastille Day.

Franky Zapata Jet Pack Record

The 40-year-old is the first person to cross the English Channel on a flyboard (Picture: Franky Zapata).

A French inventor has made the first successful crossing of the English Channel on a jet-powered flyboard.

Franky Zapata crossed the Strait of Dover and landed in St Margaret's Bay, Kent, on Sunday morning, having taken off from Sangatte, near Calais.

Franky Zapata Jet Pack White Cliffs Dover
Franky Zapata landed near St Margaret's beach in Dover (Picture: PA).

The 22-mile crossing took just 20 minutes.

Mr Zapata failed in his first attempt last week after he crashed into a refuelling boat 12 miles into the flight.

The successful crossing used a larger boat to make landing easier.

The flyboard has five turbines which are powered by kerosene stored in Mr Zapata's backpack and it can travel at speeds of up to 118mph (190km/h).

The inventor came to public attention when he took part in a military display as part of France's Bastille Day commemorations in Paris.