New York City and the Air Cushion Vehicle — The Challenge to the Engineer 650418

The paper discusses problems in developing the air cushion vehicle for passenger transportation, with particular reference to the New York City area. The stages of development of the ACV are traced from its conception, through its present status, to large-scale passenger operation.
An analysis is given of the relative effect of engineering advances in reducing passenger fares. Results of this study show that improvements in craft durability and power requirements are the most promising and effective engineering fields of development. It is concluded that the engineer has the opportunity of developing the ACV from limited operation on selected routes to a major means of transportation.


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