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Quoting: Terry Carey
Some years ago I bought a video from a charity shop. †The title of said video is Choppers - The early years.
Now, I hope no one is getting too excited but itís about helicopters with a dash of autogyros thrown in. †There are also some weird and wonderful experiments with rotary winged aircraft which have never got beyond the experimental stage.
I have persuaded a friend of mine to re-record this as a DVD so Roly, if you want a copy, send me a PM with your address and Iíll send you one off.
Mike let me know if youíd like a copy and of course I already have your address.
The most intersesting bit to me is a short piece of film showing Juan de la Cierva who was trying to perfect the autogyro in the early thirties - 1930s that is before Mike jumps in on the next bit.
In 1935 I actually saw said foreign gentleman flying around over where I lived and am probably the last man alive who ever saw him doing that. †Iíd say Iím certainly the last Oldhamer to have seen him stooging around - Iíd be very surprised if there is anyone else who can say the same thing.
I too had the experience of seeing autogyros TERANCE. I also saw the "spying", low flying air ship crossing over the Solent. After that well.......
P.S. Just remembered that I was going impress P.M. with my news of the Spitfire that was recently sold. It was completed here and if he wants me to put down a fiver as a deposit, there are three more being finished.
In for a penny in for a pound. Name to drop.
I had a friend whose husband was at Cambridge with Mitchell. Sheila McKean. (He’s going to hate me now).