Sixty years ago the notion of a photographer going up in a helicopter to take pictures of landscapes, monuments, buildings and other notable sights from the air was novel enough to warrant a 12-page article in LIFE magazine.
Who shot this 12-page essay? The legendary Margaret Bourke-White, of course.
See the photos from this article, and read more about her legacy here on LIFE.com.
Pictured: The George Washington Bridge photographed from a helicopter, 1952.