Self-taught engineer lets his imagination and skill fly high

John Crosby. An aviator man with the flying machine made from trees on his property.
John Crosby. An aviator man with the flying machine made from trees on his property.

John Crosby is a truly amazing man.

He made the pastry for the champion pasty of Glen Innes. And he’s making a real aircraft in a workshop at the back of his property.

Not only is he constructing every part according to a 1934 plan for a wooden plane but he cuts the timber down himself and has seasoned it over the years – so he’s called the project “From Standing Tree to Flying Machine”.

John is a qualified pilot. He has a small light aircraft in the “hangar” of his property and a landing strip running from the building.

He has enthusiasm and great self-taught engineering skill.

At 76 he doesn’t know if he will ever fly the machine he is building but “but I really hope I do”.

The magnificent man and his (nearly) flying machine

So do we.

The magnificent flying machine being built by the magnifiecnt John Crosby.

The magnificent flying machine being built by the magnifiecnt John Crosby.