F987 Fall 2018 The Empire State Building Dirigible Mooring Mast
Monday, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 22
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. His research interests include lighter-than-air aviation history. He joined OLLI in December 2016.