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Born Free - My Life In Gyrocopters

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     Free as the wind blows - free to follow my heart. Those words painted on the tail of my gyro are the very essence of gyro flying.

     I have never felt such a sense of freedom as when flying my Bensen Gyrocopter. In the gyro the urge to ‘ follow my heart ‘, to chase rainbows, to see what’s over the next hill, or around the next bend, or to simply just play on the wind was so very strong. No matter how long the time spent aloft, the flight always ended too soon.

     And the funny thing is, when my husband wanted to build a gyro I was not very enthusiastic about it to say the least.

     At the time my world revolved around airplanes. Oh yes, I thought airplanes were what flying was all about. We had an Aeronca Champ and I was a licensed airplane pilot. We didn’t need anything else to be happy — well, I didn’t anyway.

     But that was just me — my husband had other ideas. He thought airplane flying was boring. Boring! Oh such sacrilege! Go wash your mouth out! He was determined to build a Bensen Gyrocopter, or as our daughter Linda, called it,
‘ a wanna-be aircraft flying machine ‘.

     To say I resented the gyro is an understatement. We didn’t have a lot of money for flying machines and I could imagine money being spent on his gyro project instead of on my beloved Champ. It didn’t bother me at all to pay $25 per spark plug for the Champ — after all, it only had 8 spark plugs total. But to pay $200 for a few lengths of aluminum tubing and hardware for the gyro ruffled my fur a bit and there were many $ 200 and $ 300 packages of gyro parts delivered to our door.

     But my husband prevailed. He built his Bensen gyro and then he made a big mistake - he let me fly it.

     Well, friends, as the saying goes, the rest is history. I was utterly captivated by the gyro and ended up spending the next forty years flying gyros.

     I’m a retired gyroplane CFI and a widow now with a lifetime of wonderful memories of gyro flying. My new book, Born Free — My Life In Gyrocopters, is the story of those wonderful gyro flying years.

     Marion Springer ,   CFI - Gyroplane Ret.



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