French pilot Bruno Vezzoli took off on Wednesday (June 14) for his cross-Channel flight attempt aboard a flying car aptly named 'Pegasus' ('Pegase') - a winged horse in Greek mythology. Minutes before take-off, Vezzoli performed the final checks in a bid not to meet the fate of another Greek hero, Icarus, whose endeavour failed when he flew too near to the Sun. A flight instructor in what he called his 'civilian life', Vezzoli set off at exactly 0600 GMT (0800 local time) from an abandoned wartime runway in Ambleteuse, a town located on the French northern coastline between Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer. The journey was expected to take between 20 and 70 minutes depending on weather conditions. With the bulk of the journey flown over the English Channel's waters, the car - a kind of dune buggy with a paraglider's propeller- was equipped with sea rescue equipment. The aircraft successfully landed 59 kilometres away from its starting point in East Studdal, a village near Dover, England. The entrepreneur behind the flying car, former journalist Jerome Dauffy, said he was a inspired by French writer Jules Verne and his initial ambition was to build a flying machine that could complete a world tour in 80 days

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