Full record for copter n.

Definition short for helicopter
OED requirements antedating 1932
Earliest cite Arthur Leo Zagat, "When the Sleepers Woke"
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1946 cite from "Time Enough", by Lewis Padgett (pseudonym of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore)
Fred Galvin submitted a cite for 'copter from Arthur Leo Zagat's "When the Sleepers Woke" (Astounding Stories September 1932)

Earliest cite in the OED is a non-SF newspaper story from 1947

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Citations for copter n.

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1932 A. L. Zagat When the Sleepers Woke in Astounding Stories Nov. 172/1 ‘Prepare for battle!’ The command crackled in Allan Dane's helmet.‘Enemy approaching from southeast! Squadron commanders execute plantwo!’ Allan settled back in the seat of his one-man helicopter, hisbroad frame rendered even bulkier by the leather suit that incased it.He was tensed, but quiescent. Action would be first joined sixty milesaway, and his own squadron was in reserve.‥Behind and above, the main body of the fleet sloped in echelonedranks, hiding the threatened city with an impenetrable terraced wallof buzzing helios and massive forts. Up, back, up, back, the serriedmasses reached, till the rearmost were twenty-five thousand feetaloft. And farther behind, unmoving on their six-mile level, were thelight 'copters of the reserve.
1946 Astounding Sci. Fiction Dec. 140/1 A copter picked up Dyson and the Old 'Uns half an hour later.
1946 Astounding Sci. Fiction Dec. 140/1 A copter picked up Dyson and the Old 'Uns half an hour later.
1950 R. Heinlein Farmer in Sky (1975) xi. 108 A few minutes by tube, an up-and-down hop for a copter—brother, have you ever walked twenty miles?
1954 C. Oliver Friend to Man in W. F. Nolan Edge of Forever (1971) 87 One of the sounds was that of a copter, overhead, but you couldn't see it, of course,
1964 P. K. Dick War with Fnools in We Can Remember It Wholesale (1994) 42 Captain Lightfoot sighed and left the CIA office at once, hurrying to the 'copter field across the street to begin his trip to Provo, Utah.