Aviation: Coming of Age on the Battlefield

Nothing in the U.S. arsenal in Viet Nam has produced more spectacular results than the helicopter, which is now used for rocket and strafing attacks, troop hauling, supply runs, rescue missions and reconnaissance. Success in war is also producing spectacular results for the $900 million-a-year helicopter industry. With the increasing U.S. commitment in Viet Nam the Pentagon this year has ordered an additional $600 million worth of helicopters from Bell, Hughes Tool and Boeing-Vertol, which are (along with Sikorsky) the leaders of the industry.

More than 1,300 helicopters are in commercial use in the U.S.—for airport service, executive aircraft, industrial...

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