The latest product of the DIY trend sweeping across China comes from one Yang Shijun, a man from the suburbs of Changchun, Jilin province who used scrap pieces to build his very own airplane… and much unlike this Henan man’s lovingly handcrafted helicopter, it can actually fly.
Yang in his plane
45-year old Yang is a building company executive who spent more than a year building the ultra-light aircraft in memory of his pilot father for the cost of around 100,000 yuan. After ten short test flights over the weekend, he successfully flew his plane at an altitude of 200 meters for about two and a half hours.
Yang and his plane sketches
To further pursue his passion for flying, he and his friends are currently working on building three two-seater planes.
Following the Soviet-era tanks, submarines and wooden cars, we can’t wait to see what China’s pioneering craftsmen whip up next.
[Images Via China News]
By Sharon Choi