Introduction: Minecraft Flying Machines

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Until the 1.8 update for PC Minecraft flying machines were only in mods and with command blocks. Now you can make them in vanilla thanks to slime blocks!

These designs are my own and are the fasted and most compact that I have seen yet. They have a top speed of 3.3 blocks/second which is faster than walking but a bit slower than running. Over long distances it is more effective than running as your hunger doesn't decrease, works AFK and because you are going in a straight line and not over hills it is quicker.

There is a couple of variants I am going to show you how to build. The first and easiest is the single seater, then with a small addition it can be turned into a two seater. The next is a single seater which can fire/drop tnt.

Other small additions can be added on like lights on the single and double seater can be added but that is really upto you.

These machines are single direction only. They cannot turn mid flight. To change direction you have to dismantle the machine and reassemble it facing the new direction. The machine is started by updating the piston with flint & steel (Google block update in Minecraft for more information on how this works) and is stopped by placing a Redstone block on top of one of the pistons which will lock the piston in the on state, halting movement or by running into enough blocks that the piston cannot push all of them. (A mountain or tree)

Step 1: Materials

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To build the single seater you will need:

  • Slime blocks x10
  • Sticky piston x1
  • Normal piston x4
  • Redstone blocks x 2
  • Any movable block x1 (I use Birch wood but this could be a stone or any other movable block)
  • Any non-movable block x 1 (this could be obsidian, note-block, furnace,chest etc)
  • Boat x1
  • Flint & Steel

To convert the single seater to a double seater you will need:

  • Slime block x3
  • Any movable block x1 (I use Birch wood but this could be a stone or any other movable block)
  • Boat x1

To add lights:

  • Glowstone/Sea lanterns x3

To convert the single seater to fire/drop TNT:

  • TNT x however any you wish to drop

Step 2: Making the Single Seater

Picture of Making the Single Seater

The single seater flying machine is what all the variants are based around. Watch the video or follow the step by step photos and you should be able to make a functioning machine.

Make sure you build the machine facing the way you want to fly and at the correct altitude so you are not gonna run into the first tree you see.

The non-movable block (obsidian or similar) used in construction is to stop the machine running away when you are building it. Soon as the craft is finished it can be removed and the machine will not run away on you.

The first piston placed is a sticky piston. all others are normal pistons.

Step 3: Double Seater

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The double seater flying machine just has an extra support added onto the side of the machine to support a second boat.

Once you have made the working single seater the second seat just involved adding a support for a second boat on the left hand side.

Remember to add the non-movable block at the front before starting, otherwise the block update will cause your machine to take off without you.

Step 4: TNT Launching Flying Machine

All that is done from the single seater is the support for the boat where you sit is moved forward so you can place TNT on the front of the machine. If you place TNT on the front of the machine then light it, the TNT will be propelled forward and if you place it on top then light it the TNT will slide off the back and drop down and explode!

This is lots of fun for flying raids. just make sure you don't blow yourself out of the air. ;)

Step 5: Adding Lights

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Because pistons can push upto 12 blocks, which means some more blocks can be added to the craft while still allowing it to function. My favorite is adding lights. This involved putting a row of Glowstone or Sea lanterns along the front slime blocks. This gives a head-light affect which I quite like. This works on both the single and double seater.

Step 6: Operation

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So one you have built your machine it is time to jump in and head out on an adventure.

Make sure you have removed the non-movable block that was stopping your machine from running away and hope into the boat by right clicking on it.

Now with Flint & Steel in you hand, right click on the front facing, left hand side piston. This will cause a block update which will start your machine and your off!

A couple of things to watch while you are using the machine:

  • Don't get out of the boat if you are still moving or high above the ground as you will fall off the machine and die.
  • Be careful while shooting arrows. You may break your boat and fall out as above.
  • Don't use TNT on the double seater as it will stick to the TNT and blow you out of the air.
  • On some servers it may cause a bit of lag because of fast moving pistons and updating chunks as it travels.
  • If you run into something the boat may be pushed into the back block suffocating you.

Stopping the machine is done by placing a Redstone block on any of the pistons locking it on or running into a stop or other non-movable or large object.

Step 7: Have Fun!

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Yay! Now you have your very own flying machines! They are lots of fun to travel on and are pretty simple to make. Now to construct an airport and you are all set!


LittleBilly (author)2016-06-22

Does it have to have 1.8 or higher in pe

benmurton (author)LittleBilly2016-10-22

Yes. Slime blocks were added in 1.8 so as long as you have those you are okay!

edwinleo20 (author)2016-08-02

this minecraft pocket edition will work in flying machine of minecraft 1.8?

benmurton (author)edwinleo20 2016-10-22

I have just tested it in pocket edition and it does work, just a little slower.

MCfreak (author)2016-07-03

Nice! I've seen tons and tons of slimeblock flying machines but this one takes dah biscuit! (I hope it'll give it back.. I like biscuits D:)

benmurton (author)MCfreak2016-10-22

Thanks a lot! I wish it gave biscuits as well :D

wl415 (author)2016-08-24

Fake this dosnet work

benmurton (author)wl4152016-10-22

I can assure you it does in Minecraft version 1.8 or above if built and used correctly. I suggest going over the instructions again and checking whether others have done it before blindly acusing someone of being fake.

TheWoolRedstone made it! (author)2016-10-07

You don't know peeps? well look at all the steps.

wl415 (author)2016-08-24

This is fake

MCfreak (author)2016-07-03

Nice! I've seen tons and tons of slimeblock flying machines but this one takes dah biscuit! (I hope it'll give it back.. I like biscuits D:)

Minecrafter4435 (author)2016-05-14

hey what textures are you using?

Its called the Faithful Pack its like vanilla but 32 * 32 instead of 16 * 16

Just the vanilla texture pack built into the game.

jlouisemail (author)2016-06-01

Looks very complicated... what update do you need?

benmurton (author)jlouisemail2016-06-08

1.8 or higher

polarbear2059 (author)2016-04-30

It was AMAZING!!! with trial and error a few times, i finally got the hang of it! (my first ones kept breaking

You should really make more of these and experiment with different models, make a compact one maybe?

ZombieHades (author)2015-06-03

Can this be done on xbox?

HerobrineT (author)ZombieHades2016-04-28

As of TU35, yes!

Mineteep (author)ZombieHades2015-08-04

Yes if slime blocks have the same Physics as PC or Mac or Linux.

benmurton (author)ZombieHades2015-06-10

I have no clue! I don't have an xbox so I truly don't know sorry.

ZombieHades (author)benmurton2015-06-12

also its ok

ZombieHades (author)benmurton2015-06-12

I am sorry i am replying late actually we had gone on a vacation

twblackbelt01 (author)2016-03-23


Moodle2 (author)2016-02-20

I made this and it is awesome and easy to build!!

Willow4 (author)2016-01-19

HOW do you update a piston with flint and steel? It just won't light on fire.

benmurton (author)Willow42016-02-04

Yes that is right, the piston will catch fire. The act of lighting the piston on fire makes the game update data about the piston and therefor realizes it is powered and needs to extend. The fire is only there for a brief amount of time as the machines movement puts it out. I use a flit and steel to update the block because it is easy but you could place another block, trigger string or even put water over the piston to update it.

Battleant121 (author)2015-12-20

Can it be done on Xbox?

Willow4 (author)Battleant1212016-01-19

pretty sure no.

benmurton (author)Battleant1212015-12-26

I wouldn't know as I do not have an Xbox.

Na101 (author)2016-01-02


Isaiahb (author)2015-11-19

thank you!

4B-24N (author)2015-08-31

then how about making a race in multiplayer?

jvaco (author)2015-07-31


JesseSStewart (author)2015-07-25

hey thanx u r great i've bn looking 4 age 4 sumthing like this

snozzle1 (author)2015-05-12

My hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blackholeseeker (author)2015-03-30

The Build is amazing... but what testure pack r u using?

I'm either using default textures or faithful which is just a higher definition version of default textures.

ChristianM3 (author)2015-03-08

thats amazing i did it too it was incredible! i don't have a pic but thx for the idea!

everythingicanthinkof (author)2015-02-01

What if you don't have slime blocks

It doesn't work :P It needs them to hold the whole machine together. much like cake without flour.

Matthias760 (author)2015-02-13


Sumoterminator (author)2015-02-10

seems kinda sketchy, but I haven't tried it yet so I have no idea :D

Brusk101 (author)2015-02-09


Olek410 (author)2015-01-15

Hey try this make a copy and connect it sideways. That could improve the speed.

benmurton (author)Olek4102015-01-15

What do you mean by connect it sideways?? What is the principle that makes you think it will go faster? I always like it when people can improve my ideas.

Olek410 (author)benmurton2015-01-17

Yes sir sorry took me a while to reply and yes connect it sideways I will try to make a 3d model to show you what that means. But if it works give me credit for the idea ok?

Olek410 (author)Olek4102015-01-17

Here are the photos made with autodesk formit I didn't put the seat/boat because that can vary where it is. Um the principle is that because this machine has no real mass because it is floating also minecraft has no mass specifications for the blocks. It will have twice the thrust which should make it go twice as fast or if this doesn't work just make multiple parts of the thrust system but keep the one obsidian block and the one stone/wood block but just multiply the thrust system. Again if this works I would update this instructable or make a new one for the faster version and give me credit please. Thank you for your time if this didn't work i'm sorry to waste your time I just wanted to help. Personally I don't have minecraft well I used to but I forgot my account and couldn't regain it. I didn't want to pay the $35 again its not that I don't have money its that I don't feel like geting it because I found better games on steam for cheaper(no offence) so I play those instead. so I have no idea if it works. Thank you again for you time and replying sorry I couldn't reply faster it took a while for me to type this reply and to make the design.

benmurton (author)Olek4102015-01-18

This is amazing! You have put a lot of hard work and thought into this, but there is one problem that limits all these designs. That is the speed that the piston extends and retracts again. This means doubling the thrust will not double the speed unfortunately.

The other issue you have is the two half's of the machine will interfere. Shown in the image the slime blocks connected by the green line will all connect making a loop that will not allow the forward most piston to move. This can be resolved by deleting the blocks that are crossed in red.

The principle that governs how fast the piston extends and therefore the speed of the machine is how fast the piston is "updated". Take for example the back piston that is facing forward. It gets powered when the Redstone block travels under it but doesn't push until it is updated by the piston facing upwards behind it. The longer this update takes the slower the machine. Currently the method using a piston to update another piston is the fastest and someone is yet to come up with a better way. For more on this principle google bud powered pistons and piston block updating.

Thank you for pulling my ideas apart and experimenting, its great and we all learn stuff. :)

Olek410 (author)benmurton2015-01-19

Sorry I didn't know 100% that it would work sorry for wasting your time like I said I don't have minecraft so I didn't know if it would work. Never the less I will never give up I will create designs and I will try to send you the ideas sorry again thank you for your time.

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