Did Chinese Farmer’s Homemade Helicopter Ever Fly?

homebuilt helicopter  Did Chinese Farmer’s Homemade Helicopter Ever Fly?

(Image by DVICE)

Two years ago the web was buzzing with news of a 20-year-old Chinese farmer called Wu Zhongyuan who had cobbled together a homemade helicopter with wooden rotor blades, steel-pipe-reinforced frame and a motorcycle engine.  In addition to DVICE, the story was covered by PopSci and made it onto Neatorama.  The question everyone was asking was: Could it fly?  We never found out, because the Chinese government had unsportingly prohibiting Mr Wu from test flying his invention.  Jumping forward to 2011, is the ban still enforced, or has the homemade helicopter taken to the air?

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