LONDON—The French inventor of a jet-powered personal vertical takeoff and landing system has successfully flown across the English Channel. Franky Zapata used his self-developed Flyboard Air, a jet-powered platform, to cross the Channel from Sangatte, near Calais, France, and landing in St. Margaret’s Bay near Dover, UK, some 22 min. later. The Aug. 4 flight was his second attempt at crossing the Channel in a week. His first try on July 25—110 years after the first ...

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