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Chinese farmer spends one year and 20,000 yuan building plane from scratch – but doesn’t know how to fly it

Zhang Jiucheng assembled the 3.5-metre-long silver metal-framed aircraft outside his house

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 October, 2016, 11:51am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 October, 2016, 11:57am

A Chinese farmer has spent a year building his own home-made plane at a cost of 20,000 yuan (HK$23,000), even though he has never learned how to fly.

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Zhang Jiucheng, of Longnan, northwestern Gansu province, has been carefully constructing a silver metal-framed aircraft measuring 3.5 metres long and 1.5 metres high with a wingspan of about 7 metres, the China News Service reported.

He planned to complete the construction shortly and then hoped to give the aircraft a test flight, the report said.

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The article did not say whether Zhang had any aeronautical training, or why he started to build the aircraft.

However, Zhang is not the only farmer in China to have built himself a plane.

There have been a number of reports of other farmers in many parts of the country, including Henan and Hunan provinces, who have been inspired to build home-made aircraft – often at little cost and using simple, discarded materials such as an old motorcycle engine, sheets of plywood and pieces of plastic.

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In 2015, a farmer in Henan built a aircraft that looked like a Boeing 737 and turned it into a restaurant.