French Aviator Crosses English Channel In 'Flying Car'

French aviator Bruno Vezzoli landed safely 59 kilometres away near the port town of Dover in the UK. He took off from an abandoned wartime runway near Calais.

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French Aviator Crosses English Channel In 'Flying Car'

The English Channel is about 560 kilometres long. (Representational)


Paris:  Under a clear blue sky, Bruno Vezzoli launched his flying machine down an abandoned wartime runway near Calais, lurching from side to side as he slowly gained altitude suspended beneath a giant canopy.

"I would say that the biggest risk, just like with any engine-powered machine, would be a breakdown," Vezzoli told Reuters TV as he made his pre take-off checks. "Usually you land on the ground, but in this case we would have to do a sea-landing."

Vezzoli landed safely 59 km (36 miles) away, near the English port town of Dover.

Named "Pegasus" - a winged horse in Greek mythology - the flying car is the brainchild of Jerome Dauffy, an entrepreneur inspired by early aviators such as Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont and Frenchman Louis Bleriot who made the first flight across the Channel in 1909.

"The automotive and aeronautic industries were born around a century ago and it's only now that we are managing to combine the two modes," Dauffy said.

Dauffy's initial ambition had been to build a flying machine that could travel round the world in 80 days.

(Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
© Thomson Reuters 2017


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