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Forget The Humvee – Combat Soldiers Closer To Personal Hovercraft Than You Think

The device’s inventor was recently spotted testing out the FlyBoard Air in Arizona

Forget The Humvee – Combat Soldiers Closer To Personal Hovercraft Than You Think Featured Zapata testing out the FlyBoard (FlyBoard Air/YouTube) Zapata

Combat soldiers could one day take be taking their exploits to new heights – literally.

The FlyBoard Air, a hoverboard that can fly its operator in the sky at 10,000 feet – more than seven times the height of the Empire State Building, was recently on display at Lake Havasu in Arizona, where its creator, Franky Zapata, was seen flying it around over the course of several days.

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Zapata has said he is working with the U.S. Army and how it can use the FlyBoard Air. While those details are classified, he did say the Army plans to make the boards available to combat soldiers.

He last year sold his company, Zapata Racing, to Implant Science, which is a Department of Homeland Security supplier.

The hoverboard uses an “Independent Propulsion Unit” to fly, and it has a top speed of 93 miles per hour, according to Zapata Racing.

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The device is not currently for sale to the public in the United States or United Kingdom.

The cost is unknown, although earlier versions of the FlyBoard are for sale between roughly $2,500 and $12,000.

Zapata, 37, is a former professional jet ski driver.

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Zapata Racing (YouTube)