A Picture Is Worth: Home Delivery by Helicopter

Sikorsky skycrane
CC BY 2.0. Lloyd Alter/ photo from Scientific American July 1971

Lloyd Alter/ photo from Scientific American July 1971/CC BY 2.0

We keep a lot of good reading in the outhouse behind our cabin, and this morning I was leafing through the July, 1971 issue of Scientific American when this ad caught my eye.

What you see here is housing by air. The idea of using our Skycrane helicopter to deliver factory-built houses has a log going for it. Low cost. Speed. Hope for easing the acute housing shortage.
Sikorsky copy

Lloyd Alter, from July 1971 Scientific American/CC BY 2.0

There were a lot of other wonderful things to come: downtown New York to Downtown Boston in one hour 11 minutes. If only.

Micro Compact Home

© Richard Horden via Dezeen

Helicopters are being used occasionally to deliver houses, but they tend to be small and light, as in this micro-compact home delivery. But alas, the age of flying prefabs never happened.