b'Arkansas to do so. out of your own back yard, For Menzie, it all began backwhich Menzie interepreted as in the summer of 1967 when hebeing simple.and his wife, Sandra, were outIt would be a while before he for a Sunday drive in their nativecould afford to buy an engine to Rhode Island. Menzie notice apower his gyro into the air, but strange-looking object flying nearhe eventually installed the Mac the Westerly airport. It sort ofEngine and took to the sky. Over resembled a helicopter, but lookedthe years, there would be faster more it had been built with anmachines with more bells and erector set and had a lounge chairwhistles, but it was that first flight stuck to it. in the machine built with his own Menzie had to investigate,his hands that hooked him for life.and soon found the contrap- I have certainly had close calls tion was a Bensen Gyrocopter.and near misses, but Ive been He was hooked, and soon, hisfortunate throughout my career to very own airframe was beingavoid serious injury, he said.shipped to him. In 1975, the Menzie family relo-Bensen advertised Flycated to Searcy, Ark. Where his FISH SHACK613 Porter WagonerWest Plains417-256-2555Located at the corner of Proud to serve U.S. 590906JFarm-Raised CatfishBypass 63 and BroadwayWest Plains, Mo. 606832b Check us out on Facebook!www.OzarksMag.com Spring 2021 | Ozarks Magazine | 27'