Flying Frenchman Leapfrogs English Channel On His Homemade Hoverboard
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
Good morning. Franky Zapata wasn't giving up. Last month, the French inventor tried to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard. But he had a mishap halfway through and fell into the sea. He spent the next several weeks rebuilding his hovercraft. And yesterday, he tried it again. This time, he made it - 20 minutes flying like something from the future from France to the U.K. After he landed across the channel, Zapata said next he's going to work on a flying car. But first he's going to take a vacation.
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