Gallery: Honduran Man in Wheelchair Devotes Life to Building Incredible...


Augustin, a Honduran man who has been confined to a wheelchair by Polio since childhood, has dedicated his life to constructing his own helicopter made entirely from junk. He started the helicopter project in 1958, designing and constructing all the elements from junk found at the city’s scrap yards – except for a single piece of rebar he purchased at a hardware store. The project has been a labor of love and has won him the admiration of friends and family. He even handmade the chains used to power the propeller!

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1 Comment

  1. Wolbring September 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    This is a nice story if it would not be for the author using the term wheelchair bound. Augustin very likely can leave his wheelchair more than ‘normal’ people can leave their legs. And without his wheelchair he very likely could not build the helicopter

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