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SKY SCRAPER The ill-fated dirigible glides over Lower Manhattan c1930
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DID YOU KNOW?

STRAIGHT TO THE TOP

During the construction of the Empire State Building, there were plans to add a mooring mast so airships could dock at the top. Nothing came of it, with revered airship commander Dr Hugo Eckener saying that the daft idea “beggars belief”.

WHAT WAS THE DEADLIEST AIRSHIP DISASTER?

The word Hindenburg has become a byword for disaster, but we probably should use Akron instead. When that airship crashed in 1933, there were more than twice as many fatalities.

WRECKED DREAM The Akron was hauled out of the sea in pieces

The USS Akron was a flying aircraft carrier, capable of transporting a mini fleet of biplanes great distances for scouting missions. It logged more than 1,700 flight hours, but already proved prone to accidents before its doomed final voyage.

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When faced with an obstacle as imposing as the Great Wall of China, most attackers would be forced to admit defeat. Not Genghis Khan. He simply went around it and invaded China by the back door. And that's not the end of his tale - we explore how the nomadic pauper created the largest contiguous land empire in the whole of human history. Plus: The spectacular falling out between Henry II and Saint Thomas Becket, how World War I birthed the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, five key moments in the American Revolutionary War, and more.