New Yorkers were pleasantly amazed when they saw a man flying through the air on a hoverboard across Times Square on June 21. Although a flying man is still not the most common view, these hoverboards are quickly becoming popular, especially among the younger generation. Do you recall the French Franky Zapata, who, in 2019, flew over the English Channel on a flyboard? The 35-kilometer trip took him only 22 minutes after reaching speeds of up to 177 km/h. No, it’s not Zapata in Times Square this time, but the man who flew a hoverboard prompted us of the French inventor.
Video showed the man in full protective gear, standing on top of the hoverboard, cool and steady as he walked through a crowded Times Square. Some passers-by, although a little surprised, quickly pulled out their cell phones to record the man. There’s no rejecting that the 10-second video shared on Twitter made us think if this was a scene from a superhero movie.
The Twitter post was named: “Oh nothing – just a guy flying around New York.”
Many remembered Green Goblin, who first emerged as an antagonist in 2002 Spider-Man. One of the users, @blurayangel, shared the video in the responses and wrote, “Green Goblin ??? ”
Another user, @BlockbusterPlus, shared a photograph from the 2002 film.
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And here’s another user, @ Steven_C5, cautioning: “We know how it goes before.”
User @KraigWith_A_K, however, took it to the next level and said it was all fun and playful until he revealed to your bedroom window.
As users think about who the man was, Inside Edition magazine tracked him down. The man flying like Green Goblin is Hunter Kowald, who said he had approval from authorities to fly in Times Square.
He said, “I spent years on this thing to make it happen, at least to make it correctly and safely,” adding that it was a high-technology device. “There’s a lot of safety built into this aircraft, so basically I could have two engines inoperative and still land safely,” said Kowald.
He further added that the move was legal.