Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Apr. 18
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center Lake Anne
Instructor: Peter Ansoff
The spire on top of the Empire State Building was originally designed to be a mooring mast for passenger dirigibles. It was never actually used for that purpose—but what if it had been? This course will discuss the historical background of the concept, followed by a description of how it might have worked, some of the problems that would have been involved, and the reasons why it never came to pass. A 1/700 scale model of the Empire State Building and a representative dirigible will be used to illustrate some aspects of the concept.
Peter Ansoff is retired from a career as an acquisition support contractor for the US Navy. He is a former president of the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA), an organization dedicated to the study of flags, and has published several research papers dealing with early flags of the United States. His other research interests include maritime history and lighter-than-air aviation history. He joined OLLI in December 2016.