Young engineer’s flying lawn mower takes off in New Zealand


After two months of work, Matt Saunders of Feilding, New Zealand, recently launched his flying lawn mower. Although it doesn’t actually cut grass, the model plane does perform loops and can reach speeds of more than 55 mph.

Saunders, 21, told that he modeled the plane from his family’s rotary lawn mower and built the parts from scratch using real estate signs.

An engineer, Saunders says he began fixing lawn mowers when he was 6 years old and he’s been building model airplanes for many years.

“Maybe in the next version I’ll get a blade underneath and get it to cut grass as well,” he says. A video of the plane in flight is posted at

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