, 2023-01-14 14:04:00
Franky Zapata made his name in the 1990s with his Jet-Ski team Zapata Racing. He then went from winning seven world titles in Europe to developing a series of flying toys connected to water jets that propel the rider high above the water. Then he set up a touring water show with athletes riding those toys with Hollywood-level production.
The Flyboard Air is the smallest jet-engine aircraft in the world, a hoverboard that makes Marty McFly’s nuclear-powered skateboard look like a toy. Plus, it’s flown by a single hand control.
Zapata achieved a Guinness World Record for farthest flight by a hoverboard of 1.4 miles, and in 2019, he successfully crossed the English Channel, carrying a backpack full of jet fuel to refuel midway and a parachute. Two French military helicopters escorted Zapata on the 20-minute flight.
But his passion remains the Flyboard Air, which Zapata…
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