This Independence Day, I saw a bunch of shares and posts detailing the ‘Super Flag’ on the Hoover dam. I was curious as to whether this was a true post or clever editing:
It turns out that Super Flag did exist and flew roughly for an hour in 1996.
Super Flag’s History
This is in fact a real photograph taken May 1, 1996. The flag was created for the 1996 Summer Olympic games and was unfurled across the dam prior to the torch runners crossing the dam. The flag measured 505 by 255 feet and weighed approximately 3,000 pounds. Tom “Ski” Demski is the creator of the flag and was featured in a local newspaper article:
Due to wind gusts, one of the support cables snapped causing the flag to be lowered. One the way down, three more support cables broke creating three tears in the nylon flag. The flag was never seen by the Olympic relay team as the flag was flown for only an hour.
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