AVIATION: Tale of Three Cities

The Midwest, once the seat of U.S. isolationism, is now actively scheming to bring the world to its doorstep. Chambers of Commerce talk less these days of tariffs than of air transport. The beginnings of debate over "freedom of the air," the realization that all the world's air is navigable, brought the Midwest a discovery of great local import: its inland cities are, geographically, the logical U.S. "ports" for the world's sky traffic. This month three great Midwestern cities were hard at work on plans for these world ports of the future....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!