Five-Year-Old Chinese Boy Flies A Plane Solo

1378559784206_1378559784206_r A five-year old Chinese boy has launched himself into the record books as the world’s youngest pilot by flying a plane unassisted.

He said, “I quite like it, because flying a plane is very exciting and it’s much more exciting to sit in the front instead of the back. Also, the level of danger in the front is higher than in the back. The person in the front has to drive, and it’s really fun.”Forget toy model airplanes, the five-year-old Chinese boy He Yide is already piloting real planes in the sky. Nicknamed Duoduo, he completed a 35-minute solo flight by ultralight aircraft at the Beijing Wildlife Park, earning himself a world record as the youngest pilot ever.

Duoduo is no stranger to extreme feats. His father, He Liesheng, who calls himself “Eagle dad”, has already let Duoduo compete alone in a sailing race and sometimes makes him run around almost naked in the snow. The elder He says these harsh training exercises are part of his “Eagle education”

He said, “Eagle Education” builds the qualities of bravery, morality, emotion and strength. Bravery is an important part of “Eagle Education. Today’s flight realizes this principle. After living here for 20 days, Duoduo has really become much braver.”


A five-year old Chinese boy has launched himself into the record books as the world’s youngest pilot by flying a plane unassisted.

The video posted online has prompted huge debate over He’s style of parenting, even though he said the boy had had “no problems” from the “intense education method”. Still, experts caution that this approach isn’t suitable for every child.

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Zong Chunshan, Director of Beijing Youth League & Psych. Counseling Center, said, “At different ages, a child’s development and physical characteristics have their own laws of maturity and what they can withstand. So people should respect these laws of development, and they should not say ’I think (the child) should be like this and therefore I will educate him or her accordingly’. Doing this is very likely to harm the child in the name of love.”

Eagle Dad insists this kind of training is good for his son. And they’re already planning their next adventure to China’s least-populated area, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

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