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August 31, 1949 was not the beginning of New York Airways, it was more a major step in the development of the ideas of a man, John L. Senior, Jr.  Since the early years of the Second World War, this man had one idea in his mind, to start a helicopter airline.

Even though this man was very young in years, he had spent most of his adult life in aeronautics. In the years following his graduation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1942, Mr. Senior had held positions of various importance with three major aircraft companies, American Airlines, Glenn L. Martin Company, and Northeast Airlines. For the next three years he had been a consultant in his own firm, Luttrell and Senior Inc. of New York City.

His interest in helicopters led Mr. Senior and an associate in November of 1947 to purchase a crashed Sikorsky S-51 helicopter for approximately $2,700. At a surprisingly small cost, Mr. Senior, directed the repair of the plane. He then proceeded to operate it at a profit of $6,000 under charter to such groups as the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey in Alaska. This operation gave Mr. Senior valuable experience and a strong interest in the future of helicopters. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Senior acted as an assistant to President Belinn of Los Angeles Airways in order to broaden his general knowledge
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