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BBC Photo of Afghani homebuilt

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Hal Bryan
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#1 Posted: 3/9/2010 10:58:51

From the AP today, as featured on the BBC's "day in pictures" - we're hoping to find more information about this project soon:

Afghan welder Mohammed Asef Nabizada, 25, checks out a plane he made himself in Karakh district just before a test flight. The plane flew briefly but had to land after suffering stability problems. 

Mohammed Asef Nabizada and his plane



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Hal Bryan
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#2 Posted: 3/9/2010 11:02:16

A couple more pictures from the AP wire:

Afghans check out a small plane made by a 25-year-old Afghan welder Mohammed Asef Nabizada in Karakh district of Afghanistan's Herat province before a test run Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Nabizada did manage to get off the ground briefly, but had to land after experiencing stability problems. 

Afghans check out a small plane made by ...  



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#3 Posted: 3/11/2010 18:34:45

That is an interesting design.  Did he use two engines instead of one between a twin tail boom or mounting a single engine high?  Seems like the aerodynamics of the engine directly inline with the rudder might be his challenge.

 This reminds me of a quote from Paul Abbott's old book, The Gyroplane Flight Manual.  In its introduction by Dr. Igor Benson he quotes Igor Sikorsky.  Sikosky was lamenting about the fact that aviation had become too specialized.  Designers, engineers, test pilot... everyone having a different hand in the process.  This classic quote sticks out in my mind... "Designers built and flew their own machines.  That way poor designs and their designers eliminated themselves!"  This may seem harsh today, but he was being honest.

I hope this man does not eliminate himself and he proves that you can be set free in more ways than one.

John

 



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Pierre D'Entremont
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#4 Posted: 3/11/2010 19:54:40

Use extra hairspray on the turbin!!!!!



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#5 Posted: 3/12/2010 07:22:26

I'd just like to say congratulations to the young man. In a country where people ride horses and pre World War II motorbikes, this is quite an accomplishment.



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#6 Posted: 3/12/2010 08:24:27

What a superb accomplishment. I doubt Aircraft Spruce delivers there!



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#7 Posted: 3/12/2010 08:25:27

I concur.  There may be hope for a future there after all.



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Tom Chandler
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#8 Posted: 3/12/2010 08:28:05

An amazing accomplishment. EAA needs to bring this guy to Airventure 2010.



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#9 Posted: 3/12/2010 17:50:02

Looks to me like he wanted to get the props into relatively clean air. Or else it was easier to make guards for two small props. Looks like one engine with belt drives. Wonder how that's working out? One advantage is that the tip speeds can be reasonable even with relatively high rpm.

 



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#10 Posted: 3/13/2010 10:23:00

I am of the opinion that this guy exemplifies the real source of what made the EAA be born.  Hooray for him.  This is what it is all about...taking some old parts from the pile and creating a unique flying machine.  He needs to be given a free EAA membership and technical assistance.  It is refreshing to see a real "homebuilt" that did not come out of a kit box.  Maybe we need to start a program to trade EAA memberships for AK-47's.



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#11 Posted: 3/16/2010 07:29:51
Tom Chandler wrote:

 

An amazing accomplishment. EAA needs to bring this guy to Airventure 2010.

This is definitely cool! I fly over this fellow's neighborhood every now and then. I'll have to keep an eye out.

 

If EAA wants to bring him and his aircraft to Airventure, count me in for a donation.