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...

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