The Geek Biker

Rambles of a geek that rides a bike

What did I learn today – The Empire State Building

I don’t assume to know anything about the Empire State Building. The two bits I learnt today (2?!? Out done myself) has one thing in common. The Empire State Building is HUGE.

We all know the Empire State Building is pretty damn big right. But did you know it is so big that it requires its own zip code? That’s right.

But the next one is the one that brought this ‘Merican icon to my attention.

I learnt that the Empire State Building was designed to be a Zeppelin docking station…..WHAAA…..

The top of the Empire State Building has a 200-foot mooring mast that was meant to dock airships—then thought to be the vehicle of the future.

It ended up docking only one dirigible due to the fact that the idea was so ill-conceived, it didn’t account for how the winds coming off the building made it too dangerous to anchor an airship (let alone have people walk out on the 102nd floor). It was more of a stunt to ensure that the Empire State Building would be the world’s tallest building, but man, the idea of zeppelins hanging out in midtown is pretty great. I love this [secret] because it’s really easy to point to when you’re walking around or happen to have a good view, plus it’s pretty ridiculous to think about in the 21st century.

Dr. Hugo Eckener, the commander of the Graf Zeppelin and the world’s expert on dirigibles, said flatly that the Empire State project was not practical…The tallest building in the world opened that May; the developers acknowledged that the apparatus for winching the airships had not yet been designed. In December the Navy airship J-4 flew from Lakehurst and hovered around the tower at the request of a newsreel company. The 30-mile-an-hour winds, described as “treacherous” by The Times, made the approach difficult.




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