So in the past, Chinese villagers have been known to build some pretty crazy stuff, from a Soviet-era tank to a China Construction Bank to Xi Jinping, but one Henan farmer may have officially won. Dude made his own dirigible!
Soaring kind of high above the rye fields of Henan province is 29-year-old Shi Songbo. He says that he has always had a fascination with flight and really wanted to try it for himself. Zeppelin seemed like the best way.
To do this, Shi spent 300,000 yuan crafting a 23-meter-long, 10-meter-tall airship. His first flight on Sunday took him 500 meters into the air and lasted for nearly two hours. During that time, he made eight smooth sets of landings and takeoffs.
For comparison, earlier this year, one Shaanxi villager spent 300,000 yuan building this pretty much useless submarine.
Shi told local reporters that he had dropped out of school when he was just 17 to pursue his dream of flight. He had been obsessed with flying since primary school when he looked through the pictures of planes inside one of his older brother’s books. After dropping out, Shi went on to join an aero model manufacturing company where he learned how to build something that flies.
With that knowledge in hand, Shi resigned from the company to devote his time to building his own aircraft. The dirigible took him four months to complete.
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