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Shakespeare2016 Feb 8, 2021 6:28 AM

The Wichita Aerospace Needle
 
I have proposed my idea to the city of Wichita. I call it The Wichita Aerospace Needle. If built it would be similar to The Seattle Space Needle but would be in the shape of a plane at the top instead of a spaceship. It would be 600 feet tall and would have an observation area at least 500 feet AGL and maybe a BBQ restaurant. Another thing thought of would be The Wichita Aerospace Monument and would be similar to The Washington Monument. It would be made out of concrete and have a concrete plane at the top of it. It too would be of similar height to The Wichita Aerospace Needle that I proposed. Tomorrow I am going to go before The Greater Wichita Partnership and see what they think. I have talked to many people in the Wichita area and they love my idea. Tell me what you think about it. I may have to start a go fund me page for $$$ to have it built. Also some of the city council I have talked with seem interested in my idea.

jbermingham123 Feb 8, 2021 5:02 PM

Ive been to Wichita to visit a good friend several times, and I think Wichita would love this.

I would make the plane shape at the top basically a triangle.. a delta-wing plane.. rather than a typical swept-wing plane. This will allow for a more efficient –and better looking– support structure (the "needle" part) under the plane.

I would also design the cross-section of the "plane" so that it doesn't generate any lift or downforce in the event of a tornado

Finally, at the base of this thing, you could have an aerospace museum, and have it designed like a modern airport terminal

Shakespeare2016 Feb 8, 2021 5:41 PM

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Originally Posted by jbermingham123 (Post 9184501)
Ive been to Wichita to visit a good friend several times, and I think Wichita would love this.

I would make the plane shape at the top basically a triangle.. a delta-wing plane.. rather than a typical swept-wing plane. This will allow for a more efficient –and better looking– support structure (the "needle" part) under the plane.

I would also design the cross-section of the "plane" so that it doesn't generate any lift or downforce in the event of a tornado

Finally, at the base of this thing, you could have an aerospace museum, and have it designed like a modern airport terminal

Thank you I love your design idea. The museum sounds awesome and I would like a restaurant to be put in as well. Another thing is sharing the names of the people who brought the aviation industries with their names posted on a plaque. I will share this with the city.

PhillyEngineer Feb 14, 2021 4:32 PM

A group in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio (where the Wright brothers lived) is proposing something similar:

https://triumphofflight.org/


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