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This flying lawn chair is the best backyard project ever
An impressive demonstration of a completely silly aircraft.
A lot has changed since Larry Walters famously tied helium balloons to his lawn furniture in 1982.
YouTube user gasturbine101 has uploaded a video showing off his lawn chair, newly outfitted with 54 spinning propellers, landing gear, and a thoughtful umbrella in case of inclement weather. The lawn-chair-as-multi-rotor-drone is a surreal-looking vehicle, but it successfully takes off and moves while staying within several feet off the ground.
Enjoy the precarious GIF below:
And here’s the highest he pilots the aircraft in the six-minute demo video:
The flying lawn chair can operate for 10 minutes at a time while carrying up to 360 pounds, enough capacity for its human pilot and then some. The creator writes in the video description that the entire project was “just a bit of fun for myself.”
The rest of gasturbine101’s YouTube channel satisfies all sort of engine- and turbine-related curiosities. In one video, he powers up a jet turbine in his backyard.
Though his dream to free the lawn chair from the shackles of gravity cost him £6,000, a little over $9,000, he writes that he doesn’t ever intend to fly “much above head height.”
Dylan Love is an editorial consultant and journalist whose reporting interests include emergent technology, digital media, and Russian language and culture. He is a former staff writer for the Daily Dot, and his work has been published by Business Insider, International Business Times, Men's Journal, and the Next Web.