Leading air charter broker, Air Partner, has teamed up with Ruslan International to fly a spectacular, gigantic mechanical Dragon Horse to Beijing. ‘Long Ma Jing Shen’ or ‘Th e Spirit of the Horse Dragon’ will participate in a Chinese parade to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China.
Th e unique 12 metre high, 46 tonne mechanical model was built in France by La Machine. Air Partner few the giant dragon from Nantes in France to China on an Antonov 124.
Th e model which requires at least eight human operators riding aboard to control the puppet’s movements, comprises a wooden chassis over a steel body. Th e dragon has articulations that enable intricate movements including the ability to rear its hind legs, spew fire, snort jets of smoke and uncoil its tongue. Th e model sits on a support vehicle enabling it to move at speed.