Big-Ass Flagpole

by Brad Nelson   7/24/14

The insurance business must be good. This is one big-ass flagpole. A great promotional idea and — who knows? — maybe even some of these guys didn’t vote for Obama…the man who can’t be bothered to wear a flag pin on his lapel.
Forgive me for being slightly cynical.

But this is a great project and a good video. Hat tip to Big Al.

BigPole

Flagpole Facts:

• 400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds
• There are two versions of the 60- by 120-foot flag:
– 220 pound flag is flown during normal conditions
– 350 pound flag is flown during harsher weather
• Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide
• 680 cubic yards of concrete used in foundation
• Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole
• 11-foot diameter at base tapers to 5 1/2-foot diameter at top
• Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration
• Designed to withstand a low temperature of -42°F


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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5 Responses to Big-Ass Flagpole

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’d donate $100.00 toward the cause of putting one of these babies up on the Seattle waterfront in Communist King County. It might make a few libtard heads explode.

    The Seattle City Council would no doubt vote it down as “divisive.” One would have better luck with some sort of “green” flag or even a hammer and sickle.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Phenomenal. I wonder if there’s ever been such a large flag before. Of course, large size enables it to be seen from farther away. That’s why the Marines did the famous second raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi; the first flag (and I’ve seen a photo of that rather unexciting act) was too small to be particularly visible.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      It’s apparently the largest in North America. Maybe someone from Europe could chime in on this. Or, really, this sounds like the realm of Singapore in terms of the likelihood of erecting ginormous stuff.

  3. Al KAmbarn says:

    No Brad
    Seattle would put a rainbow flag up for the mayor

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