Flying Frenchman begins pioneering attempt to cross Channel | AFP

Daredevil French inventor Franky Zapata blasts off from Sangatte on the French coast at the start of his attempt to hover across the Channel standing on a jet-powered “flyboard”. The ambitious crossing comes 110 years to the day after pioneer Louis Bleriot made the first airplane flight across the Channel on July 25, 1909. IMAGES

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