What kind of aircraft was the top floor of the Empire State Building originally designed to accommodate?

5:39 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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a. dirigible

The Empire State Building opened to the public on May 1, 1931.

The spire on top of the building which now serves mostly a decorative function was originally designed as a mooring mast.  But it never really panned out the way the architects envisioned.

Only a few dirigibles ever attempted to dock there because of the dangerous updrafts caused by the flow of air currents along the side of the building.


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