UFOs are one thing, but identified flying objects, (IFOS) while not as mysterious and spine-tingling, are something else entirely.

In this case, effects are just as amazing, considering that the creator of this IFO is a farmer who built his Octocopter in his spare time, equipped with the barest of an education and no training of any kind either in mechanics or engineering.

Shu Mansheng, aged 46, has always been fascinated by aviation. In the past, he built two jet planes in his home, but both projects failed.

Shu has recently successfully completed a test flight in the 18-foot diameter flying saucer powered by eight motor-bike engines, which cost him £3,000 (about $US 5,000) to develop.

Shu is not a man who gives up easily, as this effort marked his second attempt to get his flying saucer off the ground.

Last month he managed to take off in the Octocopter but only for a few seconds.

This time, however, he reached a controlled height of six feet for more than 30 seconds.

Shu’s work is far from finished as he plans to further refine his Octocopter.

He has another even nobler noble mission as well, which touches upon what he has missed in his own life.

“My dream is to establish a special school where kids would be able to learn all sorts of things they don’t teach in ordinary schools,” Shu told the press

Of all the people in the world, Shu Mansheng is one of the few who probably understands how Orville and Wilbur Wright must have felt that momentous day back in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Go Shu, go!




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.