n one heck of a mid-life crisis, a Chinese garlic farmer and welder has built his own airplane — though don’t expect to see him flying it.
Despite never finishing middle school, Zhu Yue managed to build the full-scale replica of an Airbus A320 with a little help from friends over the past two years. It currently sits nearly finished on some pavement in the Liaoning city of Kaiyuan.
Zhu moved to the city to work as a welder in a local factory after previously making a living soley by farming onions and garlic. Nearing the age of 40, Zhu began worrying that he may never fulfill his childhood dream of flying an airplane.
Rather than booking some flying lessons, Zhu apparently decided that it would be easier to just build an airplane himself, investing more than 2.6 million yuan ($373,000) into the project, even selling his own car to pay the bills.
The almost finished product is an accurate replica of the Airbus A320, only, it can’t actually fly and never will. Instead, Zhu plans to turn the plane into a restaurant, capitalizing on one of China’s hottest dining trends — airplane food.
[Images via People’s Daily]