Empire State Building

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Sonja January 30, 2017, 07:03 PM
And just to think, they considered to use that spiney tip up there as mooring for our flying cigars of the count....
MickPt January 31, 2017, 11:46 AM
What a sight that would have been...
Sonja January 31, 2017, 04:14 PM
Early photomontages there are enough of that, but no pics that are real. As far as I know they tried once successfully to moor with a smaler privately owned dirigible and deliver some newspapers this way for a publicity stunt in 1931, but after this rather difficult maneuvre the consensus was that they could not ever risk passengers lives deboarding there even in a breeze hardly noticable down in the streets, and that was the end for the airship station. Now the tip is an antenna, and the great big hotel airships -- well, we know what became of them. :o(
But it is still a phantastic looking art deco building even if no zeppelins attach themselves.
KJ4VOV February 27, 2017, 05:56 AM
The "spiney tip" is an antenna tower. The airship anchorage was before that was installed and was at the base of it. There was a rounded dome top to the building then and they did indeed moor an airship there at one time. If you go on a tour of the building I think the hatch is still visible in the public areas. I've been up there, on that tower a few times. It's fun!
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