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POPULAR MECHANICS NOVEMBER 1959 Cover

Copyright 1959 by Popular Mechanics Company


DISCUSSION

The cover of the November 1959 POPULAR MECHANICS featured a sub-orbital passenger plane concept. The pictured vehicles (a lifter plane and piggyback passenger carrier) would transport 100-130 passengers across the United States in approximately 30 minutes. The lifter would carry the assemblage to 90,000 feet where separation would occur. The passenger plane would continue its ascent to an altitude of 140,000 feet and begin its descent. The title "Coast to Coast in 90 Minutes" represented the supersonic passenger transport technology known as the SST. The SST was built, but the pictured concept was never accomplished.


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