A 46-year-old retired farmer in China with only an elementary school education and no mechanical or aeronautical training has dreamt all his life of building his own flying machine. Today that dream has become a reality for Shu Mansheng, who has successfully completed his first flight as the pilot of a flying saucer he himself built.
This achievement marks the second attempt for the self-taught very talented man, who last year completed his first homemade aircraft. He managed to get it off the ground, but was injured on the second trial flight.
His new and improved flying machine is equipped with eight engines vertically mounted that drive individual fixed-pitch wooden propellers. The arrangement of the engines involves both an inner and outer group, each equipped with four engines. In the center is an open cockpit mounted above spokes that both support the engines and extend to an outer circular ring.
This latest attempt has cost the farmer all of his energy about 60,000 yuan (US $9,400). The inventor has been able to focus on his aviation adventures after gleaning quite a bit of money from a financial windfall.
This time, the former farmer and automobile mechanic was victorious as he managed to fly to a height of two meters (about 7 feet) while sitting in the center cabin of the aircraft.
Shu’s goals for the future are twofold. First, he plans to improve his invention, and secondly, he hopes to open a school for children where they can study subjects like aeronautics, that aren’t considered acceptable topics in conventional school teaching.
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Go Shu, go, go go!
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