Business: They Need Subsidies to Fly

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TO U.S. military men, the helicopter is fast becoming as useful and ubiquitous as the jeep. In Washington last week, the Defense Department made plans for a heliport beside the Pentagon to permit aerial taxi service between bases in the area; overall, some 6,000 military helicopters do every job from air-sea rescue to artillery spotting. But so far, civilians have gained few of the advantages of helicopters. To date, only 300 commercial helicopters operate around the U.S., even though the potential market is enormous. Predicted CAAdministrator Frederick B. Lee: "In ten years...

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