Shu Mansheng, a Chinese farmer with no mechanics or electronics educations has managed to pilot a flying saucer he himself built.
The simple fact that he only has a basic school education hasn’t stopped Shu Mansheng from fulfilling his dream of building his own flying machine. He taught himself everything he needed to know about mechanics and electronics and finally completed a successful flight in his own flying saucer. I say finally because this isn’t the first time the resourceful farmer tried his luck in aviation. Last year, on April 30, Shu completed his first home-made aircraft and though he managed to take it off the ground, he got injured on the second trial flight.Since then he has invested all his efforts, as well as 60,000 yuan ($9,400) into creating a new and improved flying machine. He came up with flying saucer powered by eight motorcycle engines and a propeller on top. This time, he managed to fly it to a height of two meters, sitting in the center cabin of the flying saucer. Now, the 46-year-old farmer from China’s Hubei province plans to make further improvements to his invention and also hopes to open a school for children who share his passion for aeronautics, but can’t study it in ordinary schools.