20 South African teens build a plane in 10 days.

Twenty South African teenagers have successfully assembled and built their own four-seater Sling 4 plane that they intend to fly from Cape Town to Cairo. The team comprises of teens from various backgrounds

With the support of U-Dream Global, an NGO, the teenagers built different parts of the plane including the fuselage and the horizontal and vertical stabilizers.

Just a few days ago, they were able to get the aircraft into the air and made their first trip to the southern coastal town of Luderitz, Namibia, 1128km away.

The plane has a six-and-a-half hour flying range and other stops on the way to Egypt will be in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea. The overall target of flying it to Cairo, Egypt will be done over a period of six weeks.

L-R: Agnes Keamogetswe Seemela and Megan Werner

They are meant to take a different route flying back that includes stops in Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Botswana.

A support Sling 4 plane flown by professional pilots will accompany the teen flyers, who said they planned to do motivational talks for other teenagers along the way.

“The purpose of the initiative is to show Africa that anything is possible if you set your mind to it,” said 17-year-old pilot Megan Werner.

The bold move has elicited different reactions from netizens all over the world. Check some of them out below:




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