Our ten-second in-flight movie will be…

September 22, 2011

Blog Guy, recently you wrote about a bunch of ambitious homemade inventions around the world. A submarine, a helicopter, stuff like that. Do those things actually work?

You bet they do. Here is that farmer in China testing his homemade flying device yesterday. It’s powered by eight motorcycle engines.

Eight motorcycle engines? Cool! Where did he go in it?

Up. About three feet. He hovered for 10 seconds.

Hovering? That’s kind of pointless, isn’t it?

Who’s to say? He may have tapped into a whole new travel market. Leave your worries behind and come hover with us, high above dogs and cats and short people…

See here, that’s just stupid. Hovering isn’t actually going anywhere.

Exactly. No complicated time zones to worry about, no missed connections, no overhead bins where contents may have shifted in flight.

Okay, Blog Guy, are you just about finished with this total nonsense?

Passengers, please turn off your electronic devices until we’ve reached our hovering altitude of three feet. Beer and wine are available for $5. Exact change is always appreciated…

Stop it! I can’t believe you’re impressed by this gizmo. Tell me one useful thing it does.

Well, apparently it takes eight noisy motorcycles off the streets, which makes it a great idea in my book.

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Top: Local farmer Shu Mansheng hovers above the ground in his self-designed and homemade flying device during a test flight in front of his house in Dashu village on the outskirts of Wuhan, September 21, 2011. Shu managed to hover for 10 seconds at about one yard above ground during a recent test flight. REUTERS/Stringer

Bottom left: Shu starts the engines of his self-designed and homemade flying device before a test flight. REUTERS/Stringer

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I am kind of digging the name China “Fat Sky/Air” School, as it says in Ramen Noodles on the side of the device.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

A haiku hovers over the comment box:

Hovering machine
Would the Wright Brothers approve
or scoff at this thing?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

So that’s what happened to the motorcyle of the leader of the pack. I’m glad it could be put to good use.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Sheesh. That thing looks like minced Shu Mansheng, waiting to happen. I notice he’s got it tethered to the ground, which is probably a really good idea. There are so many things that could go wrong with that machine….

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

I like that it’s a farmer who did this. I am impressed with people who purusue interests outside their main line of work. It’s always nice to see people who have varied interests.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

flying while pipes connecting to ground? Now that’s something 😀 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Sitting in a paper box in the middle of eight large, completely open, high-speed propellers.
What could possibly go wrong?
How do we get members of the Tea Party to do a test drive?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

looks like BazAir China is off the ground!

…and now it’s not.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

I’m guessing that the residents of the apartment complex didn’t expect a sight like that on their residential plaza.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Dogs and cats missing.
Not from Chinese hovercraft.
Flying wok. Chop-Chop.

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The new Williams-Sonoma Manned Giant Salad Shooter with accessories, now only $12,799.00. Replacement blades sold separately.

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Speaking of missing cats, my adoptive kitty, Sly, made his reappearance Monday after being AWOL for more than a week. Now, he comes into my workshop and meows until I come out. And then he won’t leave.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Reuters journalist: Mr. Shu Mansheng, this machine doesn’t really fly so well. Do you have any comments on this?
Shu Mansheng: What do I look like, an ornithologist?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Looking for a lift? Hover on over to the OE Blog 😛

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

That’s a very urban looking farm.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Yay, Doc, and welcome home Sly. Glad you didn’t wind up in the Flying Wok. Now get back to work…. Doc needs all the pet therapy you can muster.

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

Didn’t they make a movie about this with Billy Bob Thornton?

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive

China now has its own version of Balloon Boy. Granted, this flying machine didn’t fly too far, and the guy was actually in it. Otherwise, it’s the Chinese version of the Balloon Boy tale.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

My motorcycle is awesome so neener neener to you.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

He took 8 noisy motorcycle engines off the ground, and took them 3 feet higher up…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I can’t believe Reuters fell for this. That’s a Chinese combined harvester…what would a farmer do with a flying machine anyway…BECOME an ornithologist??

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