On June 21, New Yorkers were pleasantly surprised when they saw a man flying in the air on a hoverboard while crossing Times Square. Although a flying man may still not be the most common sight, this hoverboard is rapidly gaining popularity, especially among the younger generation. Remember the Frenchman Franky Zapata who flew over the English Channel on a flying board in 2019? After he reached a speed of 177 kilometers per hour, he completed the 35 kilometers journey in just 22 minutes. No, it’s not Zapata in Times Square this time, but the man taking off on the hoverboard reminds us of this French inventor.
A video shows the man wearing a full set of protective equipment, standing on an air cushion, steadily and calmly walking through crowded Times Square. Although some passers-by were a little surprised, they quickly took out their phones and recorded them to the man. Undeniably, the 10-second video shared on Twitter makes us think about whether it is a scene from a superhero movie.
The headline of the post on Twitter was: “Oh, nothing-just a guy flying around in New York.”
Oh, nothing-just a guy flying around in New York… pic.twitter.com/qJp2mKgV8R
— Rex Chapman? ? ? ? ? ? ? (@RexChapman) June 21, 2021
Many people think of the Green Goblin, who first appeared as a villain in “Spider-Man” in 2002. One of the users @blurayangel reposted the video and wrote: “Green Devil???”
Green Devil? ? ? ? pic.twitter.com/MKuobzw5Ur
-BLURAYANGEL (@blurayangel) June 21, 2021
Another user @BlockbusterPlus shared a picture from the 2002 movie.
May 3, 2002 (United States) pic.twitter.com/OT6e6n3tnM
— Blockbuster Plus (@BlockbusterPlus) June 21, 2021
This is another user @Steven_C5, who warned: “We used to know how it turned out.”
We have seen the result before pic.twitter.com/X4yJ413weD
— ☆??????????Steve?????????☆ (@Steven_C5) June 21, 2021
However, the user @KraigWith_A_K took it to a new level and said that it was all fun and gameplay until he appeared in front of your bedroom window. “It’s all fun and game, until you see him looking at your second floor bedroom window in the middle of the night,” the tweet read.
Everything is fun and games until you see him looking at your second floor bedroom window in the middle of the night.
— Kraig Withakay (@KraigWith_A_K) June 21, 2021
Here are some reactions:
The sound you hear is the sound of everyone on Twitter scrambling to make the same Norman/Harry Osborne joke. And I will not join the battle. pic.twitter.com/rU5TADw6mS
— Neil K., Esq.???????? (@NeilBefore_Zod) June 21, 2021
The Green Devils found that someone had taken his job pic.twitter.com/UKiOAV5VyA
— Bcddp (@Bcddpitsme) June 21, 2021
He should add blades and orange grenade, because you never know when you will encounter the error problem pic.twitter.com/0dAu882x7B
-Talking (@TheVisi92697419) June 22, 2021
This is the rest of the video. pic.twitter.com/7EBKKCbY7l
— Andrew Barbic (@exileontatooine) June 22, 2021
When the user wanted to know who this person was, Inside Edition magazine approached him. The person who flies like the Green Goblin is Hunter Kowald, who said he has permission from the authorities to fly in Times Square.
“I spent years on this matter to achieve this goal, at least to do it safely and correctly,” he said, adding that this is a highly engineered device. “The device has a lot of safety features built in, so basically, I can make two motors fail but still land safely,” Kowald said.
He further added that this stunt is legal. “We obtained permission and made requests in advance, and everyone was by our side to make sure we did it right,” Kovald said.