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Franky Zapata Shatters Hoverboard World Record


On Saturday, April 30, Franky Zapata set a world record. He did so by traveling 2.252 kilometers (7,388 feet) while riding the Flyboard Air, a jet-powered hoverboard. The previous record for distance traveled on a similar device was just under 276 meters (906 feet). And unlike the hoverboards in "Back to the Future Part II," this one works just fine over water.

According to Zapata, the Flyboard Air can reach an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) and fly for 10 minutes. Something tells us that you don't want to be at maximum altitude nine minutes into your flight. Actually, the whole device, which Zapata's company says can reach speeds of 93 mph (150 kph), sounds pretty dangerous. It's powered by Jet A1 kerosene and generates lift with four 250-horsepower turbo engines.

Zapata has even loftier aspirations though. He wants to one day be able to ride a device that allows him to fly across clouds like they are snowbanks. As for the Flyboard Air, it's not likely to hit store shelves anytime soon. But Zapata has said that his company is working on a sit-down version that could be available for consumer purchase in the future.