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World Record Claims Are
Putting Gyroplanes on the Map

In this Rambling, although Iíve focused on flights made by US pilots, other world records are being made by pilots elsewhere, including ones made by Italyís Donatella Ricci, and notably, by Irelandís Norma Surplus who recently completed a prolonged, multi-year excursion across a large part of the world in a Rotorsport-produced Autogyro MT-03. In conjunction with that excursion, Mr. Surplus has made several claims for world records of speed over different courses, including a claim for at least one flight over the US.

On the eve of their first world record attempt, the flight from Dallas to Los Angeles, I met up with John and Dayton at Dallasí Love Field. Here are a few photos I took that evening.

Admittedly, it may be my less-than-objective opinion, but I assert that this photo below is evidence of how we gentlemen gyroplane pilots attract pretty girls.

In the photo below, Dayton is supervising the fueling of the aircraft at Love Field in preparation for the first flight. After the aircraft was fueled, John and Dayton had to weigh the aircraft plus their own weight, including their flight gear, plus everything else they intended to carry in the aircraft, a requirement of the FAI to establish the aircraft's take-off weight.

Notice in the above photo that Dayton is wearing a lightweight jump suit. Below, John is more bundled up, which appears to me to be more sensible for a forthcoming night flight in the chilly air aloft and in an open-cockpit aircraft where a person has nothing to warm him other than the timid basking of moonlight.

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