GOODS & SERVICES: New Ideas, Apr. 14, 1952


Helicopter Bus. The first ten-passenger Sikorsky helicopter entered regular commercial flying service last week and will soon begin an aerial bus service connecting downtown Los Angeles, the International Airport and outlying towns. The $150,000 all-metal 8-55, which cruises at 86 m.p.h. and has a range of 460 miles, has been battle-tested for a year in Korea. Fifteen of them, flying in relays over a period of six hours, once moved a battalion of fully equipped infantry into a front-line area in 48 hours less time than normal motor transport.


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