French aviator crosses English Channel in flying car

The flying car is named Pegasus after the winged horse in Greek mythology.

The flying car is named Pegasus after the winged horse in Greek mythology.

 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."

Who needs roads when there's a flying car?

Who needs roads when there's a flying car?

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. 

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 - Reuters

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