Full record for helicab n.

Definition a helicopter-based flying taxi
OED requirements antedating 1950
Earliest cite John Weston, "Heli-cab Hack"
Comment The OED has a 1953 example from Heinlein's Starman Jones.

Fred Galvin found a reference in the ISFDB to a story, "Heli-cab Hack", by John Weston in the June 1950 Amazing Stories: Derek Hepburn confirmed this with a cite from this story: the word was hyphenated in the title, but not in the story itself.

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Citations for helicab n.

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1950 J. Weston Heli-cab Hack in Amazing Stories June 146/2 I'm a hack, and I'm looking for a new helicab—something in fair condition. What have you got?
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1975) xxii. 251 The helicab was parked in front of the house.
1964 K. Laumer in If Nov. 7/1 It was ten minutes past high noon when I paid off my helicab, ducked under the air blast from the caged high-speed rotors‥and looked around at the sun-scalded, dust-white, mob-noisy bazaar of the trucial camp-city of Tamboula, Republic of Free Algeria.
1974 A. Nourse Bladerunner (1991) 65 One moment he and Billy were stepping from the elevator onto the darkened rooftop of the Merriman's apartment and walking across to board the waiting heli-cab.