Zhang Xuelin, a farmer in China’s Shandong province, was disappointed when the aeroplane he built from an old motorbike, plywood, and plastic, failed to take off.The homemade aircraft cost just 2,000 yuan ($321) to build, according to The Daily Mail. Not surprisingly, it looks rather cartoonish, especially as onlookers assisted in the attempted takeoff by pushing the aircraft (you can see the photos over at The Daily Mail).
He got the propeller running and was moving down the runway, but never managed to get airborn.
The attempted takeoff, from a road in the town of Jinan, scratched Xuelin’s legs badly, but he plans on another attempt:
“How could I forget to adjust the throttle in the air? And the tail is way too big, which made the plane impossible to balance and made the nose go down. But I will fix it next time,” he said, the Daily Mail reported.
Xuelin has dreamed of making his own aircraft since he was 12 years old. This version weighs just over 500 pounds and measures 11 feet long.
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