Chinese Farmers DIY Helicopter

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Monday, 24 August 2009
A 20 year old Chinese farmer, Jiuxian Town, Songxian County, Henan Province, China has created his own Helicopter. Wu Xizhao, ever since he was a child, dreamed of flying so he wouldn't need to climb mountains anymore. It would appear that he realised his dream using principles that he learned in middle-school physics and other knowledge found by surfing the Internet on a mobile phone to create this helicopter.

The blades are 1.8m-radius propeller made from Elm tree wood, and a 150CC motorcycle engine provides the power. The frame is reinforced with steel pipes, and he claims that his single-seat copter can fly up to 2,600 feet. I am guesing that it 2600 feet length not height...

His father, Wu Xizhao, said his son had spent less than £1,000 on developing the helicopter.

"He loves machines. At one time or another, he has taken apart and put back together every gadget in the house," he said.

The trail flight of the villagers helicopter in Jiuxian Town, Henan Province, China was on August 1, 2009. It drew many villagers out to watch the contraptions trail flight. Sadly, the Chinese government won’t let Wu fly for safety reasons, which I guess is a sign of our times.

At 20 years old, this whole story does make you wonder what you are doing with your life? He has invented and built a functionable helicopter realising his dream.

What do you do?
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