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Helicopter dreaming: the unrealised plans for city centre heliports in the post-war period

Brook, R and Dodge, M (2014) Helicopter dreaming: the unrealised plans for city centre heliports in the post-war period. In: Infrastructure and the rebuilt city after the Second World War. Working Paper series no. 22 . Birmingham City University, pp. 42-55. ISBN 978-1-904839-72-9

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Abstract

This paper considers a time in the middle of the twentieth century when the helicopter was a new and thoroughly exciting form of flying that held great promise to revolutionise urban transportation. The focus is on the development of plans to accommodate passenger helicopters effectively into British cities and, in the context of Birmingham and London, how the industry experts, property developers, architects and politicians worked to plan new heliport facilities in the city centre during the 1950s.

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