Keyword: Franky Zapata

French inventor successfully crosses Channel on hoverboard

Franky Zapata, 40, flew into history books on Sunday by crossing the Channel from France to England on his self-designed, jet-powered hoverboard, stopping briefly to refuel mid-way and completing the journey in under 25 minutes.

French flyboarder fails in bid to hover over Channel to England

Franky Zapata, a 40-year-old French military reservist who has developed a one-person, jet-powered hoverboard failed in his attempt to be the first to fly on such a machine from France's northern coast to England after he ended up in the water during a mid-Channel refuelling stop.