From the Archives: Unfurling one giant American Flag

From the Archives: Unfurling one giant American Flag

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The test unfurling was a success. Los Angeles Times staff writer Charles Hillinger reported in a short story:

ORO GRANDE, Calif.–”It looks even bigger than I thought it would,” declared Bob Older as the mammoth flag unfurled.

Older, a 55-year-old rancher, wanted to do something special to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial. He came up with the idea of flying the largest American flag ever flown.

“I checked Guinness and every reference source I could lay hands on,” Older said. “I wrote to the Library of Congress.

“Older said he found that the largest ever flown was a 60- by 90-foot flag in New Jersey in 1947. A 209- by 110-foot American flag is being…



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