"We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders."
As far as I know, this is the first instance of this portmanteau word (combining helicopter and taxicab).
Compare to the diaheliper from The Morning of the Day They Did It (1950) by E.B. White, Tin Cabby from James Blish's 1957 novel Cities in Flight, gyrocab from You are Forbidden! by Jerry Sheldon, and the aircab from Harry Bates' 1940 story Farewell to the Master.
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