On June 14, 1943, the Greyhound Corporation proposed helicopter buses be used for public transportation. Aviation pioneers Raymond Loewy and Igor Sikorsky created the concept for a 14-seat air bus. The idea was to put landing pads on the roofs of Greyhound bus terminals around the country. Greyhound tried a test run with some regular helicopters, but flying buses never took off with the general public.

 

In 1943, air travel was still new to the public. When people did fly in airplanes, they traveled mainly long distances. Shorter trips were left to trains and buses. Today, shorter flights are commonplace, but the transportation system still would not favor “air buses.” Rather than many “air bus” stations, one or two large airports funnel people between cities. Air travel is centralized, rather than having landing locations all over cities.

aviation
Noun

the art and science of creating and operating aircraft.

helicopter
Noun

aircraft that flies using rotating blades on top of the body of the craft.

public
Adjective

available to an entire community, not limited to paying members.

transportation
Noun

movement of people or goods from one place to another.

travel
Noun

movement from one place to another.