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Urban Airport of the Future (1926)

The fine people at Popular Mechanics recently published a book that deserves a prominent place on every retrofuturist's bookshelf. The Wonderful Future That Never Was by Gregory Benford looks at technological predictions that appeared in the pages of Popular Mechanics from 1903 until 1969. The prediction below was an attempt to address what was seen as an inevitable problem; how to land personal aircraft in busy cities. The solution here was to erect a gigantic landing port supported atop four skyscrapers.

Since the airplane has become a factor in commerce, the question of suitable landings within city areas has grown in importance. One plan calls for an immense stage to be erected on top of four skyscraper towers, to span 1,400 square feet. The entire platform can handle 80,000 passengers and 30,000 tons of freight yearly.


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Make sure that your flying car comes equipped with downward pointing mirrors!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTimeFlies

That "urban airport" strikes me as being a TERRIBLE idea. LOL

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSubstancePrime

Actually removing whiskers with chemical solution already exists, but at that time was like ""OMFGFDSG"

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Hmmm, probably a good job that didn't 'take off'!

A very fantastic concept of the urban airport. But it is far from the reality which is today. A short and narrow landing space let's say flights to manila does not abide within the security standards of modern aviation.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDerrick

On top of that, the thing would never happen.
Next year is the end of the world you know.

October 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertyre balancers

This will definitely solve traffic problem in many countries. Yet, I think this is impossible to happen in the near future.

Philippines Real Estate

October 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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