It's amazing to see the ideas of the past that never came true. While the concept of this orientable roof-top airport is brilliant in design, the
dangers would far out-weigh any benifits. Air traffic has become much safer, but something like this just isn't really practical where safety is
concerned. And can you imagine the noise from modern day jets that would have to be endured from the people living below?
While it's not really something that was a good idea, it's still pretty cool to look back at history and see how ideas like these were percieved.
In an old (1938) issue of Modern Mechanix, we read how an unnamed "French engineer" once proposed, "as a solution to the problem of locating an
airport in the heart of any big city, a design for a long orientable runway, which would be mounted on circular tracks atop tall buildings." This
megalithic, concrete, aerospatial earth machine would "orient" itself along specific air routes, hurling planes aloft over the rooftops of the
Here's a few more cool airport designs from the past, some that made it into existence, and some that never did:
edit on 12-7-2012 by isyeye because: (no reason given)