THE STRATO-GYRO According to our contributor the story of the "Stratosphere-Gyro" of August 1930 is one of "faith moving mountains but not helicopters. The inventor/constructor/pilot of this one-off was a "Dr." Valentine Newbauer, ironically enough of Hollywood, Calif. It seems the inventor believed that his 3,496-lb. machine would shoot up into the Kennelly Heaviside Layer (some 50 miles above the earth) and would then permit him to remain stationary while the earth revolved beneath him. His hope was to spy through a telescope and pick out a likely spot to land in Germany. The tank capacity for the unspecified engine was 44 gallons, giving a cruising radius of 700 miles. Unfortunately, the Strato-Gyro never left the ground.