Sci-Fi Becomes Reality: The Turbine Engine-Powered Flyboard For Soldiers

 

A French inventor and entrepreneur showed off cutting-edge technology as he hovered over the crowd on a jet-powered flying board during the Bastille Day celebrations in France.

With a rifle in hand, Franky Zapata took to the air in a futuristic demonstration.

AFP reports that French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly says the flyboard "can allow tests for different kinds of uses, for example as a flying logistical platform or, indeed, as an assault platform."

Zapata, who first developed his device flying above water, says that the flyboard has the power to take off and reach speeds up to 118 mph. He also said in 2017 that he was working with the US military on the device for combat applications.

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