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Franky Zapata Flies Over Bastille Day Crowds

That's not the Green Goblin — it's inventor Franky Zapata on his Flyboard at Paris' Bastille Day celebration.

Flying Jet Ski Champ

As he took off on his hoverboard during Paris' Bastille Day parade on July 14th, 2019, Franky Zapata generated plenty of buzz according to the Zapata Industry. The 40-year-old Frenchman invented the device himself. He was courted by many countries, including the U.S., but wanted to develop his idea in France. And it was a success. The French Ministry of the Armed Forces backed its development to the tune of $1.46 million based on numbers from France Inter.

A jet-ski champion, Franky Zapata initially developed a water version of his floating board in 2011. The water hoverboard made him wealthy. In 2017, and his company’s annual revenues came to $9 million. In 2016, he developed his Flyboard Air. In 2017, he was summoned by the police and ordered to stop his tests because his device wasn’t “approved.” After being solicited by many foreign firms, he considered leaving France.

““This isn’t a toy, because it’ll allow to test out various uses. For example, a flying logistics platform or an assault platform. You’ll see that the element of surprise is considerable although further development still needs to be done, quieter motors, probably. But the effect, I hope, would be striking. The water comes out of the propulsion nozzles. That’s what propels the rider into the air. The first flight was 3 years ago. I lost 3 fingers…2 fingers, they were ripped off by the turbines and the machine crashed into the wall of my workshop. So that was actually the first flight. After that, I really had to negotiate with my wife before she’d let me get back on it. But I couldn’t help it. When I saw the machine fly, I realized it was what I had to devote my life to, I had to see it through to the end. To suddenly find yourself like that, summoned to the police station, supported by just about no one, having your fingerprints taken, being in your underwear with someone taking photos of your scars to create a file on you…Honestly, when you get out of there, you think to yourself, “the world is crazy.”

To prevent this technology from going abroad, the French Army offered him a financing agreement in 2018. Today, the Flyboard can reach 140 km/h and fly as high as 150 meters for up to 6 minutes. In the future, it could reach 200 km/h and fly up to 3,000 meters high for 30 minutes.

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07/15/2019 9:59 PMupdated: 07/15/2019 10:00 PM
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2481 comments

  • Prince S.
    16 hours

    Great

  • حمزه ا.
    20 hours

    روعه

  • Franklin D.
    a day

    Esto que nos está pasando párese una película de terror o un pesadilla pero con la fé de k hay un dios vivo el ara su obra

  • George B.
    a day

    no

  • Peter L.
    a day

    He was an idiot to be patriotic and turn down the stares, the states will simply copy its basic and easily replicated design for themselves, while he will make a tenth of the money from the French MOD! Fool, should of got the big pay day while it was offered.

  • Melmar J.
    03/24/2020 17:08

    Green goblin is real

  • Mavii C.
    03/24/2020 15:49

    Amazing u can lean without falling

  • Mavii C.
    03/24/2020 15:48

    That cool

  • Dysiree A.
    03/24/2020 15:21

    mabakal ta ni..

  • Pandemic J.
    03/24/2020 14:55

    Amaizing

  • Angel L.
    03/24/2020 14:51

    Zapata you say? 👀

  • Jerome G.
    03/24/2020 14:03

    Kung magkaron kaya lahat ng ganyan

  • Jerome G.
    03/24/2020 13:59

    Lupet ng technology

  • Zurc J.
    03/24/2020 13:33

    Looks like green goblin 😅 congratulation sir .

  • Preetam B.
    03/24/2020 12:03

    La,police moris ti bisin ena sa

  • Friemant Q.
    03/24/2020 11:45

    Like "Saga of Tanya the Evil" Wow, comes to reality "The Devil of the Rhine" lol..

  • Adv S.
    03/24/2020 09:27

    Excellent

  • Asad S.
    03/24/2020 08:55

    Yi

  • Royce L.
    03/24/2020 08:17

    The green goblin!

  • Randy P.
    03/24/2020 06:42

    Ang kalaban ni lastikman 😂😂😂