A French pilot crossed the English Channel on Wednesday 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.
Vezzoli landed safely 59 km away in East Studdal near the English port town of Dover, fifty minutes after taking off.
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.
According to Dauffy's team, Pegasus only needs 100 meters to take off and 30 to land. It can also reach a maximum speed of 80 kilometres an hour at a 3000 meters altitude and has an autonomy of three hours.
Dauffy's initial ambition had been to build a flying machine that could travel round the world in 80 days.
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