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Tuesday, 24 July, 2001, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
Russian pensioner's flights of fancy
Extraordinary furniture
Mr Taychenachev in his "hangar"
A 70-year-old Russian aviation enthusiast has built an aeroplane at home from scrap, discarded spare parts, and just about anything that came to hand.

Pilot's drafts
The early sketches
For three years his ordinary Novosibirsk flat has been turned into a hangar, and the garage into a workshop.

When it paid a visit, Russian Public Television found that the plane has completely filled the eccentric Yuri Taychenachev's living room.

There is a little gap to squeeze through into the next room, where the blueprints and special books are kept.

High hopes

Mr Taychenachev belongs to the generation when every young Soviet boy wanted to fly.

You cannot lose sight of your dream, otherwise life becomes simple and boring

Yury Taychenachev

He even got into flying school, but his health let him down.

He spent his working life as a designer in a factory, drawing and inventing.

But now, at 70, he has spent all his savings and his pension on his true passion.

"I dream of flying," Mr Taychenachev said. He regrets waiting for so long, but he is determined.

"You cannot lose sight of your dream, otherwise life becomes simple and boring."

Motorcycle engine

The plane's undercarriage is real, from a written-off helicopter and old scooters.

The crafted pilot
Mr Taychenachev has done everything by hand
The tail is resting on the sofa.

An engine, taken from a Ural motorcycle, has been tested in the garage, but not yet installed.

The reduction gear is hand-made.

Specialists from design institutes and professional pilots have already inspected the aircraft and there are volunteers for the first flight, but the master wants to fly himself.

Once he has built and flown the plane, he would like to try an autogyro.

But first he has to work out how to get the aircraft out of the living room and down the stairs!

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