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Have You Seen This? Guy flies across English Channel on hoverboard

By John Clyde, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Aug 9th, 2019 @ 3:43pm



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THE SKY — Nov. 22, 1989, was a great day and also a terrible day for me. That was the day "Back to the Future: Part II" hit theaters.

It was a day I absolutely loved because I can still remember sitting in the theater with my mom and older brother as we anxiously waited to watch the film, and I absolutely loved it. The vision of 2015 was both exhilarating and plausible to me.

It was also a terrible day because it was the day I'd be introduced to the concept of hoverboards, only to be looking back 30 years later still disappointed the technology is not a reality.

While the hoverboard in this video isn't quite what I had envisioned, it's still pretty awesome. And what French inventor Franky Zapata pulled off is pretty impressive.

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Zapata successfully flew from France to England on an airborne flyboard. The 40-year-old inventor flew the 21 miles in under a half-hour. This was actually his second attempt to cross the English Channel; the first was cut short when he collided with the refueling boat just minutes into the flight.

Zapata is no Marty McFly, and this is no Mattel hoverboard, but it's still pretty awesome — and the Frenchman's cool level isn't that far off McFly's.


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John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. He also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome, and it just so happens, that these are the three things he writes about. Contact him on Twitter at @johnnypclyde.

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