Airplane Field for Tall City Buildings (Oct, 1937)
This is one of those incredibly bad ideas that everyone seemed to have at the same time. Maybe it had to do with the coincidence of a fad for aviation and one for skyscrapers. Whatever the reason, they never really address the catastrophic consequences of a crash, nor the problems of traffic management.
Airplane Field for Tall City Buildings
New invention is expected to solve the problem of providing aviation facilities for large cities. Platforms are designed to operate on the roofs of large buildings and permit happy landings and easy take-offs.
AN invention of J. Herbert Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y., is expected to revolutionize the problem of airplane landings and take-offs in restricted areas, such as on the tops of large buildings, decks of ships, water fronts along the coast, or small land areas.
Why Don’t We Build… FLOATING AIRPORTS (Dec, 1952)
I love that they made the airport look exactly like a giant version of the plane. Obviously the next step was to make floating airports for flying airports.
Why Don’t We Build… FLOATING AIRPORTS
Then when the inevitable crash occurs, it will be on open water and not a crowded city such as Elizabeth, N. J.
By Frank Tinsley
THE modern four-motored air transport is a flying fire bomb. It takes off with about 5,000 gallons of high test gasoline with the explosion potential of T.N.T. In 90 per cent of all crashes, this liquid dynamite either goes off with disintegrating force or is showered over a wide area in a flaming rain that sets fire to everything it touches. That this can be a deadly menace to people living around air- ports is shown in recent statistics. The Greater New York area alone has suffered five such crack-ups in a period of four months.