Is Jetpack Man back? Mystery man flies over Formula One race in Belgium
· Aug 29, 2022 ·

Guys! Jetpack man is back again!

Or, at least, a jetpack man is back. The first jetpack guy took flight near LAX in California.

This weekend, however, it was onlookers at a Formula One race in Belgium who were visited by the mysterious figure.

From the Express in the UK:

Formula One fans were left stunned as a man was seen flying through the air just hours before qualifying. The stuntman was seen standing on a flying device as he hurtled next to famous corners such as Eau Rouge and down the Kemmel Straight.

Following below was an old F1 car as the two appeared to be having a race down the long straight. The display was conducted by French inventor Franky Zapata who started his run at the La Source corner but social media videos caught him around most of the circuit.

Yeah, so this is just some Frenchman, not a mysterious Californian.

Speaking on social media ahead of his flight, Zapata said: "I've done a lot of challenges from zero to 400 metres or with a u-turn. This is an area in which I feel comfortable with the flyboarder.

"It accelerates very fast and turns very well. On the other hand, over long distances, such as here, with a very huge top speed, I don't go beyond 200m/h. So it can be complicated. It's always a pleasure to fly here. I love flying on F1 circuits.The view is amazing.

"Of course I don't have much time to admire the view. I have to stay focus on my turns. The flyboarder requires a lot of concentration. But the circuit is magnificent, the scenery is exceptional."

Zapata has some experience after having flown around the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in 2019. He unfurled a French flag during his trio three years ago in tribute to Anthoine Hubert who was killed in an F2 race over the Belgian GP weekend in 2019.

Zapata has also flown around Paul Ricard ahead of the French Grand Prix and Le Mans ahead of the famous 24 hour race. He has also featured before Le Mans Moto GP events to thrill fans.

This is pretty cool stuff, but we need to know, has he flown to LA?

Does he know the mysterious LAX jetpack guy? Are they in a super secret jetpacking community? Or are they bitter rivals?

So many unanswered questions.

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