You can build a plane in Minecraft that actually flies

Command blocks and ingenuity do the Wright Brothers proud.


Dennis Scimeca

Internet Culture

Published Mar 19, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 6:40 am CDT

Minecraft videos sometimes use gimmicks to make vehicles look like they’re moving. But no camera tricks were involved in making a YouTube video that demonstrates a working airplane in Minecraft.

Gshn28, the YouTuber and Minecraft builder who designed the contraption, used no mods or other adaptations to make this plane work. It’s all built in “vanilla” or unaltered Minecraft by incorporating command blocks, elements in Minecraft that can store and execute complicated instructions.

Players control the plane by putting special blocks in their toolbar, selecting those blocks to execute flight commands, and steering with the mouse.

The directions for building this airplane are on Mediafire, if you want to try it yourself and learn a bit how Minecraft machine engineering works in the process.

Screengrab via Gshn28/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2015, 2:14 pm CDT