Rifle-carrying French inventor pilots 'flyboard' in air above Paris

The Week | 7/14/2019 | Staff
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Described as " the safest, easiest, lightest, most manoeuvrable personal aviation system ever created", the Flyboard Air is a gas-turbine powered example of what people in the 1950s thought life would be like in the 2000s. On July 14, Bastille Day, inventor Frank Zapata demonstrated his device above the crowds at the Champs-Elysee, soaring high into the air on what looks like a futuristic hoverboard. A former jet-skiing champion, Zapata operated the device by leaning forward as if on a Segway. As part of his display, he flew to and fro before stopping gracefully in midair while holding an unloaded rifle — making the military applications of his invention evident. His audience included French President Emmanuel Macron as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Speaking on the France Inter radio, the French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said that the Flyboard could be used as a "flying logistical platform or, indeed, as an assault platform."

Zapata had demonstrated the Flyboard earlier. In 2016, he set a Guinness...
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