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Photo: 24-Year-Old Nigerian Builds Helicopter From Junk

A 24-year-old undergraduate from Nigeria has built a helicopter out of an old car and bike parts. Mubarak Muhammed Abdullahi, a physics student, spent eight months building the yellow model seen here. He used the money he made from repairing cell phones and computers to build this. He also sourced some of the parts to build the helicopter from a crashed 747 plane.

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39 Responses to Photo: 24-Year-Old Nigerian Builds Helicopter From Junk

  1. Tmmc

    October 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Thumbs up..congratulations man,,

  2. Diva

    October 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Baka pena nama sambililo ku Nigeria! Tebu normal.. Mu Zambia, kano ifitala efyesu!

  3. ✿*゚¨゚✎・✿.。вємвα:。✿*゚’゚・✿

    October 23, 2012 at 4:21 am

    this is so cool, mu zambia kamofye ifibala!!

  4. ๒є๓๒ค

    October 23, 2012 at 4:30 am

    pa Zed fingelengele

  5. tenbar

    October 23, 2012 at 5:19 am

    mukali umu boys uyu. tumfweko your journalism z very poor.dd u find out f ths thing flyz? pantu chilemoneka fye kwati chi deko

  6. Ngoni IMPI

    October 23, 2012 at 6:57 am

    DOES THIS HELICOPTER FRY?

    • Darth Vader

      October 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Iwe Fly not Fry. Ala fuseke

      • Chapwa

        October 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        Is a Shona forgive him. There are no L in Shona only R

    • marvin kamaloni

      October 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      ys it daz i saw it

  7. Captain Gabriel Chileshe Kunda

    October 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

    It can only be news if it flies, from the picture and the little I know about aviation, it doesn’t seem so.

    • premar

      October 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      make yo own ma br so tht we put u on as well.this thing flies it was on tv ,this guy is damn good en pipo r alredy givn him offers for his wrk

  8. NDIYO ZO PULAMA

    October 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

    boi fly so high coz you will crush with it

  9. chimps

    October 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Nigerian brothers, always ahead of Africa, in education,religion,drama,computers,literature,e.g novels,footbal,etc but sometimes even in fraudrant behaviour . . ! very creative and innovative. Long live youngman. Wake up Zambian Scientists. .PLZ !

  10. Sparks Chimbwendembwende

    October 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Ngoni Impi!!!! Watusebenya with your grammar. You do not know the difference between frying and flying?

    Anything is possible in Nigeria!!!

  11. the 3yetheeye

    October 23, 2012 at 8:06 am

    why couldn’t they take a picture of it while it was airborne!!!

  12. chris

    October 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Ngoni IMPI chisungu chashani ati “DOES THIS HELICOPTER FRY?” kusalula or what

    • Uskomatonta

      October 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

      lol

    • BIGMAN

      October 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

      It’s a helicopter not a pan iwe chikala!

    • JBN

      October 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Only food can be fried. Helicopters fly

  13. ✈✈✈✈

    October 23, 2012 at 8:25 am

    A 24-year-old undergraduate from Nigeria is building helicopters out of old car and bike parts. Mubarak Muhammed Abdullahi, a physics student, spent eight months building the yellow model seen here, using the money he makes from repairing cellphones and computers. While some of the parts have been sourced from a crashed 747, the chopper contains all sorts of surprises.

    The 12-meter-long aircraft, which has never flown above a height of seven feet, is powered by a secondhand 133 horsepower engine from a Honda Civic. In the basic cockpit there are two Toyota car seats, with a couple more in the cabin behind. Controls are simple, with an ignition button, an accelerator lever to control vertical thrust and a joystick that provides balance and bearing. A camera beneath the chopper connected to a small screen on the dash gives the pilot ground vision, and he communicates via a small transmitter.

    Mubarak says he learned the basics of helicopter flying through the internet after he decided it would be easier to build a chopper than a car. Flying his creation is easy, he claims. “You start it, allow it to run for a minute or two and you then shift the accelerator forward and the propeller on top begins to spin,” he explains. “The further you shift the accelerator the faster it goes and once you reach 300 rpm you press the joystick and it takes off.”

    Undeterred that his home-made transporter, which lives in a hangar on campus, lacks the gear to measure atmospheric pressure, altitude and humidity, Mubarak is working on a new machine which “will be a radical improvement on the first one in terms of sophistication and aesthetics.”

    A two-seater with the ability to fly at 15 feet for three hours at a time, Mubarak’s new creation will be powered by a brand-new motor straight from Taiwan, normally found in motorbikes

    • VEN

      October 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      NOW THIS IS NEWS BA TUMFWEKO

  14. SEKO PONOOOKE!!

    October 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

    He can even build a house.

  15. Pembelantushe

    October 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Great,here in Zambia his age-mate had his his ear sliced.

  16. Jojo

    October 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Does it fly????????

    • シ мσ¢кιηgвιя∂ ツ

      October 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      id!otic question,! Read then you will find your answer.. ubukopo

  17. cupid

    October 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Death trap wafwa walemale stanyoko tekwesha ukuflayamo. lobe ukasha abana pambilibili.

  18. Rodney

    October 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Lol! Ati “fry” Ngoni Impi, you have made my day!!

  19. Sibiligani Walibongani

    October 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    That shows how ignorant and stupid some people are. Your friend has come up with something and you keep asking questions as to whether it flys or not. how many of our so called engineers here in zambia ever came up with something like this? its nowonder you keep asking questions about flying flying to hell with you.
    The only bush mechanic who tried to reason hard in zambia was the late Chitubula in Mongu who made a plane and managed to fly with it up in the sky but later on while he was up in the plane it failed to land and only crashed when it ran out of fuel. that is how he died a genius indeed while most of you graduates end up drinking beer to an extent that you turn out as though you never have been to school shame indeed shame.
    To the young man in nigeria, all the best man come up with something much more and teach our boys here.

  20. priscilla muke

    October 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    the man needs support for him to make another helicopter wake up zambia!!!!!!!!!!

  21. NKANDU

    October 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    THUMBS UP TO MY SON IN NIGERIA.GREAT.

  22. dnice

    October 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    i think this is great. I wish ba tumfweko would have access to this young man and interview him. This is the sort of news we want to read

  23. mazuba

    October 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    THIS IS THE UNIVERSITY,NOT UNZA WHERE WE PRODUCE STONE-THROWER.
    SHAME SHAME

  24. taliban

    October 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    wow..this youngman ought to be sponsored,.he’s so intelligent and determined..!

  25. Abwino

    October 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    yes it FRIES.Hahaha.Wa user chizungu mufela.

  26. Mo taim

    October 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Ibange ili twatemwa bane

  27. spencer

    October 24, 2012 at 12:01 am

    ZED NI THEORY NOT PRACTICAL NO-WOUNDER WE ARE BEHIND ALL WE CAN MAKE IS YOYO,CHIKO,MAHEU THATS ALL, WE HAVE EVEN FAILED TO MEK A SIMPLE RAZOR BLADE.

  28. NASILELE MUTALE YAAULU

    October 24, 2012 at 12:24 am

    WE HAVE NEVER BEEN SERIOUS IN DEVELOPING RESEARCH AND SCIENCE. BUT OUR COMPETITOR FRIENDS IN AFRICA AND ELSEWHERE INVEST THEIR TIME AND MONEY ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS.

    THIS BOY WILL FIND HIMSELF IN AMERICA BECA– USE IN AFRICA WE ARE FOOLISH AND NOT SERIOUS.

    IN NIGERIA THEY ARE EVEN THINKING OF LAUNCHING A SPACE SHIP SATELLITE FOR INTERNET CONNECTIVITY!

    JUST WHAT IS WRONG WITH US. OUR BRILLIANT BOYS WASTE THEIR TIME ON BEER AND WOMEN. FOR ONCE LET US LEARN AND BECOME SERIOUS. PF CAN WE REVERSE THE TREND?

  29. Zamboy

    October 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Great inovation, thats the power of a yourthful mind. I wish you greater innovations in future

  30. kambole

    October 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    this is great, thumbs up.