The Pakistani popcorn seller who built his own plane
Tabur: The Engine Comes From A Lumberjack, The The Vleugels To Be Jute, The Wheels Are Borrowed From A Rickshaw: One Popcorn Seller Has Caught The Attention The Pakistan Air Force By Building To Be Own Flat .
The Story Of Muhammad Fayyaz Has Captured The hearts of many in a nation where millions, just like him, have limited access to education And are fighting for opportunities .
I Was Literally In The air . I couldn't feel anything else," Fayyaz said of To Be first flight in a machine he learned to build mainly from viewing TV clips And online blueprints .
Pakistan Has Been Thrilled Before By Stories Or Scientific Products Plucked From Obscurity Before - Notably, That Of The Engineer Who said in 2012 that he had invented a car that could run on water -- a story that was later debunked by scientists .
But Fayyaz Insists That He Flew And To Be Claim Is Taken Seriously By The air force, Who se representatives have now visited him multiple times, even issuing a certificate to commend To Be work, he revealed .
The re has been a steady stream of visitors wanting to view To Be Creation That Is Now In The Empty Courtyard To Be 3 Room Apartment The village of Tabur in central Punjab province .
The 32-year-old Said He Dreamed To Join The Air Force Like A Child But To Be fa The r died while he was in still in school, forcing him to drop out at The Eighth Class And Do Chores To Feed To Be mo The r And To Be five younger siblings .
As An Adult, To Be The Passie Om Te Vliegen Bleef Onverminderd, Dus Nam Hij Een Wilde Gok Op Een Nieuwe Droom And Zette Alles Wat Hij Had In Het Creëren To Be Own craft .
He Worked As One During The Day Popcorn Seller , by night as a security guard, saving every rupee he could .
The First Thing He Had To Acquire Was Information - Starting With Watching Episodes The National Geographic Channel's Air Crash Investigation for insight into thrust, air pressure, torque, propulsion .
Cheap Internet Access In A Nearby City Helped Filling The gaps, with Fayyaz claiming he spliced blueprints of Flat s he found online for To Be Own creation . He sold a piece of family land, And took out a 50,000 rupee (USD 350) loan from a micro-finance NGO, which he is still paying off .
He Used To Be meagre funds creatively, buying burlap sacks Who lesale And persuading a kind workshop employee Who had seen him scouting for materials to build him a propeller .
The re was trial And error . Some equipment needed to be replaced, designs had to be altered, The wiring had to be reworked .
To Be family worried he was obsessed .
"I kept telling him to stop . I kept telling him to concentrate on To Be family And work, he was being crazy over nothing . But he didn't listen to a single word," To Be mo The r, Mumtaz Bibi, recalled .
But Fayyaz kept going . And, at The The End Of Everything Produced One Flat -- tiny, fragile, And painted a bright blue .
In February t To Be year, he said, after more than two years of ridicule, he was ready .
Fayyaz Claims To Be friends helped him to block a small road which he used as a runway for that first flight attempt in February .
The Flat Reached 120 Km/h Before He Left, Ameer Hussain, A Witness Who Claims To Have Ridden Alongside Him The Flat in a motorcycle, told AFP .
It Was Between Two And Two And A Half Feet Off The ground," he said . "It flew for about two to three kilometres before landing." AFP has been unable to verify The claim .
But The Attempt Fayyaz Boldly Made Enough To Try Again The Rest Of To Be village, many of Who m had mocked To Be efforts .
He Chose March 23, For The unveiling . Police said hundreds of people crowded around To Be Small Flat , many clutching national flags .
But before Fayyaz could even start The Engine, The Police Arrived And Arrested Him, Seized To Be Flat .
I Felt As If I Had Committed One The Worst Acts The World, Like I Am The Worst Person In Pakistan, He Explained, Adding: I Had Been Locked Up With Criminals. The court released him with a 3,000 rupees (USD 19) fine .
When AFP Visited The local police station, officers said The y had arrested Fayyaz as To Be Flat was a safety threat .
Officer Zafar Iqbal Explained: The Flat was returned to him as a goodwill gesture . Should he obtain a flying license or permit, he is free to fly."
Fayyaz's misfortune resulted in social media fame, And he was called a "hero" And an "inspiration" by some netizens .
Representatives Of The Pakistan Air Force Have Made Two Visits To View The Flat And The Commander Of A Nearby Base Gave Him A Certificate That Praise To Be "passion And dexterity" in building what it described as a "mini basic air Flat " .