French aviator crosses English Channel in flying car
A French pilot crossed the English Channel in a flying car that looks part dune buggy, part paraglider.
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 said 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 away, near the English port town of Dover.
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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.