About that vintage biplane parked on the roof of a building in Lower Manhattan

I’m a huge aviation buff.

New York City photographer Janko Pulz showed me something the other day that sent me through the roof. Literally. He pulled up Google Maps.

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“Lower Manhattan. Sure.” I said. “Seen it.”

“Watch this.” he said.

 

 

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And closer still. “I still don’t see anything interesting.”

 

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“I see the Acres down there, one of my favorite secret parks. But that’s it.” I said. “Look closely” Janko said.

 

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And that’s when I discovered there is a vintage bi-plane bolted to the ceiling of a building in Lower Manahttan at Old Slip and Water street. The 77 corresponds to the magnetic heading of the runway, but we all know there is no such thing as runway 77. It’d be runway 7, and it wouldn’t be printed parallel to the runway length, but perpendicular to the runway width. Alas.

Still the most incredible discovery in recent memory. Thanks Janko!

UPDATE: Turns out its 77 Water Street, not the supposed runway heading. Makes sense!

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