Anyone who dares to build a helicopter with wooden blades, a steel-pipe-reinforced frame, and a motorcycle engine deserves to go up in the thing. But the Chinese government has forbidden farmer Wu Zhongyuan from even attempting a test flight. We just want to see if the crazy contraption can fly.
Granted, Chinese locals have history of bold DIY inventions ranging from homemade robots to DIY gyrocopters and airplanes. Many of these emerged from the "shanzhai" movement, which celebrates both homemade ingenuity and knockoffs.
Wu says that he built the copter based on middle-school physics, and all for a sum of $1,600. If the copter truly works and isn't just a hoax, he claims that the invention can get him as high as 2,600 feet.
What do you think? Is that a viable flying machine or a pretty model?
He's not alone among China's DIY flyers, if these videos are any indication.
The one in the photo and the one in the video are different...
I definitely would not trust my life with the one in the photo. It seems to be lacking in quite a few aspects, such as steering. The rotors don't look like they tilt and it doesn't seem like there is much way to control pitch or yaw.
I have to admit the one in the video is built much better, hence the flying capability. Still not much in the way of safety though, but that's up to the pilot.
The one in the photo and the ones in the videos are different: "He's not alone among China's DIY flyers, if these videos are any indication." but yea i agree with you, i would gladly trust mt life with the ones in the videos than in the picture
The craft in the video is an Autogyro. This type of craft was featured in the "James Bond" film "You Only Live Twice"(1967). Yet another exceedingly cool "Q" gadget!
look at the article on wiki for more info!
This contraption has a better chance of flying then the Moller Skycar. You should put it on the cover.
So is he going to take it to Oshkosh, show videos of it almost flying, and start taking orders for $100K? Or perhaps he can interest the military and get funding.
this is the chinese farmer home made helicopter that really can fly