December 22, 1960
PHILADELPHIA TO NEW YORK CITY CENTER IN 32 MINUTES
A 32-minute dash November 30, 1960, took the Boeing Vertol 107 prototype helicopter from Philadelphia city center to the Mid-Manhattan Heliport in New York City.
The Beoing Vertol 107 prototype, shown hovering at Philadelphia, made the flight immediately following the dedication of Philadelphia's new heliport - the city's first - on the Delaware River.
Following the Philadelphia-New York flight, the Vertol 107 prototype was used by the New York Airways for pilot familiarization and route evaluation.
Forerunner of the Vertol 107s which have been ordered by New York Airways, the prototype first flew in April, 1958.
An advanced version is now undergoing Federal Aviation Agency certification tests. In airline operation, Boeing Vertol 107 helicopters will fly at 150 miles an hour and carry 25 passengers and their luggage.
Powered by two General Electric T58 shaft turbine engines, the Vertol 107 will bring multi-engine reliability and instrument flight capability to helicopter operations.
-- Boeing Airplane Company Photo
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