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Video: Doctor Who fans spend months building flying tardis..... and then watch it crash

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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A LIFE-sized replica of Dr Who’s iconic time travelling accessory took to the skies 100ft above Hatherleigh this week.

Three men from Hatherleigh embarked on an ambitious project to build the iconic blue police box, otherwise known as the Tardis.

In an exciting twist to the plot, Ben Whiting, 32, Rupert Brandon-King, 31, and Ben Bailey, 25, engineered their Tardis to fly.

Together the trio form Flyonix, a company which creates remote aerial cinematography for the film and television industry.

However, the team built the contraption to coincide with Sci-fi television favourite’s Dr Who’s 50th anniversary.

Mr Whiting said the duration of the Tardis’s maiden flight was a few minutes.

He said: “It was a pretty surreal sight and very pleasing to see her actually take to the skies.

“Ben Bailey was the most excited. It was like all his birthdays and Christmases coming at once.”

Mr Bailey, who has been a life-long fan of the television series, came up with the idea to build a Tardis.

He said: “It was pretty amazing and it was weird seeing that thing up there. It isn’t something you see every day.

“It was good seeing the fruits of our labours. It took quite a lot of doing. It is amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.”

Unfortunately, the machine’s maiden flight will be its last. The battery power ran out causing the Tardis to nose dive into the ground, damaging it beyond repair.

Mr Whiting said: “It flew upwards really well but due to the shape and aerodynamics it was never going to land well.

“We decided to fly it until it ran out of juice and just see what happened. Everyone likes a good crash though don’t they.”

Mr Bailey said: “I really wanted to keep it. It won’t take us very long to make another Tardis. We might have another in the office before long.”

This is not the first time the Flyonix team have dabbled in making inanimate objects take to the skies.

Flyonix made household items, including washing machines and lawn mowers take to the air in an advertising campaign for Avios.

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