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Super-high flagpoles sweep the skies

Here’s a story I flagged last week, from The Wall Street Journal. When I started doing more research on the topic of the tallest flagpoles, that’s when I learned about the super-tall pole in Laredo, Texas. For a someone who sells flagpoles, this is like the World Series!

Flagpole Builder Hits New Heights In Central Asia

An American Cashes In On Desire of Nations To One-Up Neighbors

August 16, 2008; Page A1

DUBAI — David Chambers builds the tallest flagpoles in the world. His current client wants him to stop.

This month, Mr. Chambers is erecting a pole in the wind-swept Azerbaijan capital of Baku. At almost 532 feet, it will be the tallest flagpole on record. Azerbaijani officials, eager to savor the feat, have asked him to hold off building a taller pole for a year, he said.

Clients "always tell us they want this to be the last record," Mr. Chambers said from his small office in Dubai’s sprawling port. "But they know, in general, that we’re on a roll, and we’re gonna build more poles."

A monster-flagpole building boom is sweeping across Central Asia and the Middle East, and Mr. Chambers, an American entrepreneur, is at the center of the frenzy. In the past eight years, he and his small company have built the world’s four tallest "unsupported," or freestanding, flagpoles. The Baku pole will top all of them.

Read the rest of the story at the The Wall Street Journal


But wait! There’s more … Want to know how it’s done?


There’s a Flagpole Spec?
The story behind the design and construction of the world’s tallest flagpoles.
By Matthew Fadden and Jill Rajek

674px-Aqaba_flagpole … As might be expected, the design and fabrication of flagpoles is not arbitrary. The National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM) has published a guide specification that has been approved by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), outlining the design requirements for metal flagpoles. In honor of the 4th of July, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the world’s tallest flagpoles and investigate flagpole design using ANSI/NAAMM FP1001-97, Guide Specifications for Design of Metal Flagpoles.

Read the rest of this two page article here. Click into the photo for a larger image.

Photo by Robert Isaac Nudel, courtesy of Wikipedia. The Aqaba Flagpole in Aqaba, Jordan stands at a height of 132 meters (430 feet), and can be seen from Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. It was built in October 2004 by the US Flag & Flagpole Supply Co.

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