Garlic farmer sorta fulfills childhood dream of flying by building his own airplane

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He started building the model in October 2016.

The plane doesn’t actually fly, but it will make for a nice restaurantThe farmer spend two million yuan to build the plane. (Source: People’s Daily of China/ Facebook)

Chinese farmer builds his own Aircraft after finding out he’ll never get to fly one


A Chinese farmer built his own model of an airplane after he realised he would never be able to fly an aircraft. Zhu Yue managed to build the lifesize replica of an Airbus A320 – with a little help from his friends – over two years. The plane is currently on the verge of being completed and sits on a pavement in the Liaoning city, says a report by Shanghaiist.

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Zhu, who didn’t finish middle school, started out farming onions and garlic, before becoming a welder in a factory, the report added. With some help from five other aircraft enthusiasts, he managed to create the huge replica. However, he doesn’t have any plans to try and make it airworthy. Instead, Zhu says he has decided to turn it into a diner!

“The plane’s latest additions are a self-made cockpit outfitted with replica flight instruments and a stair car for getting aboard,” reported news agency AFP.

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While an actual Airbus A320 has 156 seats, Zhu’s version has just 36 seats. But unlike the Airbus aircraft, his model has no economy class and only has ‘first class’ seats.

“We will put down a red carpet so every person who comes to eat will feel like a head of state,” Zhu told the news agency.

Although he’s not sure what will be on the menu yet, Zhu is pretty hopeful that his ambitious endeavour will draw crowds. He is open to serving anything from American fast food to traditional Chinese food, a People’s Daily of China report said.

The 39-year-old has invested his savings of over two million yuan ($287,000) to develop the model aircraft, the report added.

Image by Shanghaiist

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DREAMLINER | Chinese farmer spends £90,000 building a life-sized Airbus A320 replica – because he always wanted to own a plane
ZhuYue, from northeastern China’s Liaoning province, has loved planes since he was a little boy and has always dreamed of owning one

A PLANE-mad farmer from China has spent more than £90,000 and nearly a year and a half building a life-size model of a passenger jet.

Zhu Yue, from northeastern China’s Liaoning province, has loved planes since he was a little boy and has always dreamed of owning one.

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Chinese farmer Zhu Yue is building a life-size model of an Airbus A320


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The farmer is about to realise his life’s ambition – owning a plane

So to fulfil his life’s ambition he has created a 1:1 scale model of an Airbus A320, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The model, which is being built at a factory in an industrial park, is a 1:1 scale model of the plane – which 37.84 metres long, 36 metres wide in width, and 12 metres high.

So far he has used 40 tonnes of steel and spent over 800,000 Yuan (about £90,000) to achieve his dream.

He said: “I was a farmer before and later engaged in different businesses, and I just want to realise my dream now that I am richer.”

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The farmer has loved planes ever since he was a little boy


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The model is being built at a factory in an industrial park of Kaiyuan


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Zhu has used 40 tonnes of steel and spent over £90,00 on his pride and joy


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He expects his plane to be finished in May and wants to turn it into a restaurant or hotel


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The turbine on the wing actually moves


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He started his labour of love in October 2016 after months of planning


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He taught himself how to build aircraft by studying drawings and models


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The plane is 37.84 metres long, 36 metres wide in width, and 12 metres high


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He is being helped by five of his friends


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Zhu has worked as a welder and motorbike mechanic in the past


Zhu, who started building the model in October 2016, spent three months preparing, studying, and dismantling models before undertaking his epic endeavour.

He has even made an engine turbine that rotates and said he wants it to be the best A320 model in China.

Once it is completed in May Zhue expects to turn his price and joy into a restaurant.

He said: “Right now, I just want to finish it, but I will probably open a restaurant or hotel in the plane.”

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