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The Wonderful Future That Never Was

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Urban Airport of the Future (1926)

Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 1:36PM

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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    at The Transportationist

    on May 9, 2011

    Speaking of Aerotropolis, Paleofuture links to 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…

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

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Solche Bücher könnte ich den ganzen Tag anschauen.

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