Last year, Zhu Yue came to terms with the fact that he would probably never fly a plane, so he decided to build one.
Based on a toy-size replica of an Airbus A320 and photos found online, Yue studied the dimensions and successfully recreated life-sized fuselage, wings, cockpit, engines and tail. He used a total of 70 tonnes of steel.
After years of working as a garlic and onion farmer, Yue worked as a welder in a factory. He spent his life savings on the project, nearly 2,6 million yuan ($374,000). Five other aviation fanatic farmers are helping Zhu: “They make some money, make a dream come true and accomplish something,” he says.
Only 36 seats were installed, all of which are first class.
The product of one man’s passion and obsession, this plane will never fly. But Zhu has decided to make it a restaurant. Parked on a small piece of tarmac near an interstate highway, he hopes to soon see his masterwork filled with hungry passengers.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.