There's a British World War I Fighter Plane on the Rooftop of 77 Water Street

You may have heard about the British World War I fighter plane replica sitting on the rooftop of 77 Water Street in the Financial District, but unless you live/work on a floor of a Lower Manhattan building that has more than 26 floors, you probably haven’t seen it. When building the skyscraper, the William Kaufman Organization wanted something more unique than the usual rooftop adornments.

The company decided to put this unusual “crowning jewel” on the top of the building, complete with an Astroturf runway and landing lights, just before it was completed in 1970.

Even though the plane looks real, it’s actually a non-functioning steel replica of the British Sopwith Camel war plane.

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