A Flight Simulator Odyssey

by Charles Gulick

World Trade Center Towers

Chart: New York
En Route Coordinates:
   Aircraft: N17056, E20980
   Tower: --
   Aircraft: 647
   Tower: --
Heading: 50
Time: Daylight

I know it looks a little hairy, but I'm almost certain you can fly through there without a scratch.

New York City thought the World Trade Center Towers, dedicated in 1973, would be the world's tallest buildings (at 1353 feet) for a long time to come. But the Sears Tower in Chicago, completed the same year, was deliberately designed to top them by about 100 feet, and is the world's tallest (we'll have a look at it soon).

When (or if) you get safely through, the 1250-foot Empire State Building will be just ahead of you. This landmark was the world's tallest building until the other three came along. Structured of steel, it nevertheless swayed nearly three inches in a 100-mph gale in 1936.

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