Part of Chapter 1
Mohammad Ali Taheri was born in March 21, 1956 in Kermanshah, Iran. In his childhood he was very curious about his environment. There were so many questions in his mind and he was following up the answers eagerly; but the infinite space and the stars were attacked his astonished mind more than anything else, so that he used to staring at the stars at nights and name each of them according to the special meaning that they had for him. He had an indescribable desire for discovering the stars and their cause, so that it led to designing and making airplanes to get closer to the stars when his was a teenager.
After his primary school he moved to Tehran to continue his studying. At the same time his enthusiasm for designing airplanes was growing on and on. For this purpose he began to study the limited scientific books and journals to find a solution for his burning desire and an answer for the questions which his teachers could not give the answer.
His interest in aircraft industry led to designing a controlled aircraft while he was only 13 years old and to be encouraged by his relatives and friends. Since then, he intensified his efforts on the aircraft making and he successfully made a helicopter in the yard of his house when he was 16. This invention created some troubles for his family related to the Security and Intelligence Service of Iran (SAVAK) which they believed that it is impossible that a school boy design such a precise and detailed scheme. Consequently, they called his mother for some explanation and interrogated her to understand the purpose of making this aircraft and make clear that if there is any foreign country behind this incidence. Finally, after long investigation and presenting the “Dictionary of Aviation Technical Terms” written by him, the SAVAK experts have convinced that he has a special ingenuity. Therefore, he was able to continue his research and as a result, he built a kite and experienced several flights.
The first National Exhibition of Youth Innovators and Inventors
Mohammad Ali Taheri with his schemes and remote controlled airplane – 1976
In 1976, he participated in the first National Exhibition of Youth Innovators and Inventors by designing and making remote controlled airplane which merely needed fuel for take-off and landing, and several scheme of aircrafts including the world’s first vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and won the first prize of the competition in technology and inventions.
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