The Nation: Whirling Death on a Rooftop

More than 50% of American adults have flown in planes, but the percentage of those who have taken to the air in helicopters is much smaller. One of the most interesting commercial helicopter flights in the country was begun in 1965 by New York Airways Inc., which launched flights to New York airports from the top of the 59-story Pan American Building in midtown Manhattan. For $25, a passenger could board a 30-person Sikorsky S-61 chopper and get to, say, Kennedy International in a mere ten minutes (v. about $16 and 45 minutes by...

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