‘I Was In The Air And I Couldn’t Think Of Anything Else’: Popcorn Seller With Homemade Airplane
Pakistani popcorn seller Muhammad Fayyaz made a small airplane all by himself last month. During one of the test flights, he was arrested by the police and later released, but he describes his time flying as something he cannot describe in words.
“I was in the air and I could not think of anything else,” Fayyaz told AFP, adding that he had learned to make a plane from TV and blueprints on the internet. The engine is from a road cutter, the wings are burlap, the wheels are borrowed from a rickshaw.
Fayyaz had a dream as a child to fly. He wanted to join the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), but after his father’s death during his childhood, he had to drop out of school. However, Fayyaz didn’t lose hope and continued to work to make his dreams come true.
The 32-year-old claims that the PAF representatives believe that he indeed flew the plane and are willing to give him a certificate to commend his work. He said he watched National Geographic Channel’s Air Crash Investigation for insight into thrust, air pressure, torque, propulsion.
Fayyaz claims that some of his friends blocked a road which he used as a runway. His plane flew 2.5 feet off the ground for around 2-3 kilometers before landing. His claims have not been verified by the AFP.
His mother, however, is not too pleased with all the ‘craziness’. “I kept telling him to stop. I kept telling him to concentrate on his family and work, he was being crazy over nothing. But he didn’t listen to a single word.”
But should Fayyaz get a flying license, he can make his dream come true and that too without any restrictions.