Homebrewed helicopter

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Homebrewed helicopter

AFP has a story about a 24-year-old Nigerian physics undergrad who builds backyard helicopters out of car and bike parts (and a crashed commercial plane).

The chopper… is made from scrap aluminium that Abdullahi bought with the money he makes from computer and mobile phone repairs, and a donation from his father, who teaches at Kano’s Bayero university.

It is powered by a second-hand 133 horsepower Honda Civic car engine and kitted out with seats from an old Toyota saloon car. Its other parts come from the carcass of a Boeing 747 which crashed near Kano some years ago.

Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria [via] – Link

16 thoughts on “Homebrewed helicopter

  1. rich.thomas says:

    I think I got an email from this guy.

  2. aolshove says:

    RIP Abdullahi 1983-2007.

    A bit melodramatic perhaps, but I just personally don’t think that a helicopter is something you want to “poor-boy”.

  3. volkemon says:

    @rich.thomas- Bwahahahahaha!!!

    Hey…for workin where he is and what he got…..A+ MAKEr!!!! No, I DONT want a ride!

  4. JPMartineau says:

    This is incredible. Building a working helicopter from the ground up is a very complex feat. To do it with no specialized resources is definitely even more astounding.

    This said, I wouldn’t ride in it, I must agree with aolshove.

    and rich.thomas, that comment is inappropriate. I live in Montreal and we take great pride in our rich telemarketing/online fraud heritage. Nigeria has nothing on us. ;)

  5. JoshCube says:

    My uncle built a heli from a mail order kit once. He built it, flew it about 15 feet off the ground before nearly pooping his pants, and never even turned it on again. I think it’s still rotting in his garage after more than 20 years.

  6. mastershake916 says:

    Video or it didn’t happen.

  7. Bosso63 says:

    If that thing can go up and come back down in one piece, he should get an offer of an green card and a free ticket to the US.

  8. jordz no 21 says:

    1 wonder how heavy that thing is well hellichper ( it looks very small)

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