It cost him £200,000 ... and two fin­gers

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The Fly­board Air took four years to de­velop and is said to cost around £200,000

It is pro­pelled by five 250-horse­power en­gines on the un­der­side of the board

Its in­ven­tor, Franky Za­p­ata, lost two fin­gers in the tur­bines while mak­ing his first flight on it three years ago

He claims it is ‘im­pos­si­ble’ to ride the de­vice without hav­ing spent 100 hours prac­tis­ing in wa­ter and 20 hours study­ing it

The Fly­board Air has reached speeds of up to 110mph – some 50mph faster than a drone

Pow­ered by an 82lb kerosene-filled back­pack, it can hover at 500ft for around six min­utes

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