PARIS: Is that Iron Man or Green Goblin? No, it is Frank Zapata who is demonstrating his flyboard for President Emmanuel Macron and EU leaders! Frank Zapata is a French inventor who whizzed above the Champs-Elysees in Paris as a part of the Bastille Day celebrations.
— Le 20Heures France2 (@20hFrance2) July 14, 2019
Frank Zapata was armed with a rifle while carrying out the demonstration intended for the French President and other EU leaders that were present at the time. According to reports, Frank Zapata took to the skies using his turbine engine-powered hoverboard above a group that was comprised of dignitaries and military personnel that had gathered for the celebration of the national holiday on Sunday. Frank held his rifle in his hand while he made his way around as a part of the annual military parade.
Frank Zapata invented the first functional hoverboard back in 2018 and was able to secure a grant of €1.3 million, equivalent of $1.47 million, by the French military with the aim of developing an aeronautical micro-jet engine that can be utilized by the military. Florence Parly, Armed Forces Minister, told the French radio that the Flyboard ‘could allow tests for different kinds of uses, for example as a flying logistical platform or, indeed, as an assault platform.’