We are constantly amazed by the DIY inventions put together by China’s innovate farmers/villagers. But this latest one is impressive no matter who built it.
The builder is 31-year-old amateur aviator Xie Baogang, who designed and created his very own helicopter (or at least helicopter-like aircraft). According to People’s Daily, Xie’s chopper can reach a top speed of 200 km per hour and fly an incredible 400 km.
Hebei.com.cn reports that Xie is from Hengshui in Hebei province. Since he was young, he always dreamed about taking flight. But when he was 18 years old, he got into the doors and windows business, opening up his own shop. However, he never forgot his childhood dreams, eventually he left the business and devoted his time to researching flight. After designing and building all the aircraft parts himself, by 2009 his first airplane was ready to hit the skies… where it failed its first flight test, thanks to his own lack of experience in the air.
But Xie didn’t lose heart. The one that took off earlier this month is his eighth design and apparently he’s now an improved pilot.
We are particularly impressed by Xie’s invention because it is an aircraft that can actually fly, and fly well. Others in China have managed to build aircraft-type stuff, but left out the flying part. Like this Henan man’s “Chinese Dream” for instance:
Or this plane-like submarine that didn’t even work as a submarine:
Or this Gansu farmer’s 28,000 yuan DIY airplane that can’t make it off his own roof.
[Images via People’s Daily]