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justices of the Supreme Court, all have been carried. But, more importantly, this service has been good for the City. The City's endorsement and approval have been recognized as responsible leadership and progress of the highest order.
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. 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 mile-per-hour vertical takeoff and landing aircraft which will operate from midtown areas. To be successful, these aircraft will have to be economically competitive. These flying machines will carry close to 100 passengers and, with high horizontal speed and ability to land in city centers, will provide travelers with a shortened elapsed point-to-point
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