Recreation: Chairs That Fly

The dunes and dry lakes of California's Mojave Desert are spawning a new set of recreational hobbies. Dune buggies churn up sand cliffs, sand boats sail across the flats at 60 m.p.h., and now the latest contraptions, gyrocopters, have arrived. They are homemade, one-seater helicopters barely 8 ft. long, and the closest thing to a flying chair yet made by man. "You're all by yourself," enthuses Pomona Banker Gus Styias. "The wind whirls by your ears, and you can often change direction by simply moving your body. You're really flying by the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!