Viewing page 12 of 35


commerce and many thousands of jobs to New York City. Chiefs of state, corporate officers, justices of the Supreme Court, all have carried. But, more importantly, this service has been good for the City. The City's endorsement and approval have been recognized as leadership and progress of the highest quality.

The increased utilization of air space to bring passengers and cargo directly and quickly into the various city centers can have a substantial effect on relieving the frustrating surface traffic congestion. Aircraft with a capability of vertical flight already have demonstrated their potential. These vehicles go "up and over", speeding travelers to their destinations. [[strikeout]] and [[?]] [[?]] congested surface [[?]].[[/strikeout]] Larger, faster, improved helicopters carrying upwards of 70 passengers, are in prospect. Their prototypes are now flying in Viet Nam on combat missions, doing rescue work, and moving heavy equipment and materials from ship-to-shore and to critical positions under fire.

The Pan Am Building heliport is the first transportation terminal to take full advantage of the air space around it, of the highways in the sky, and of aircraft capable of vertical flight. But this is just the beginning. The United States government has sponsored a study of 500 miles-per-hour vertical takeoff and landing planes which will operate from midtown area rooftop landing airports. [[strikeout]][[?]][[/strikeout]]

[[footnote]] To be [[footnote]]

Transcription Notes:
To be is handwritten text at bottom

Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact