Space Age Flagpole

By Rosemary White

Early flagpoles were simply trees selected for their relative straightness that were cut down, stripped of bark and branches, and then replanted in the ground with a flag attached at the top.

More refined wooden poles were made with spruce or pine trees, which naturally grow straighter than hardwood trees. These trees were stripped of bark and branches and then thoroughly smoothed down with drawknives and planes. They were covered with multiple coats of animal fat to make them weatherproof before being planted in the ground. Because the poles were planted directly in the dirt they tended to rot at the base. Still, well-constructed wooden poles were beautiful artifacts that could remain functional for as many as 50 years.

Close to the turn of the twentieth century, steel banner poles turned out to be more prominent, in spite of the fact that they were regularly basically the reused materials that had filled different needs. Wooden posts got to be outdated. In the later 1920s, flagpole makers started building the long tapered poles so basic today.

Manufacturing advances in extruding aluminum poles led eventually to the dominance of aluminum and aluminum alloys as the primary materials for creating flagpoles today. Aluminum is more versatile as a manufacturing material, and as production processes have improved, it has become far cheaper than steel.

The pole used to "fly" the banner planted on the moon by the Apollo 11 group may have been the most built flagpole ever. The pole was planned with an extendable level backing to hold a banner out firmly in the absence of climate, on the surface of the moon. It was made light weight and utilized an extendable outline that could be controlled by space explorers wearing monstrous space suit gloves.

Today, strong, stable flagpoles by The Flagpole Warehouse proved to be the best simple and affordable solutions for the U.S. Army and Navy to serve as lightning rods at the U.S Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, GA, and as structures for gun range warning systems at the U.S. Army Strategic Operations installation in Southern California and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Flagpoles of 60 ft. and 50 ft. sporting The Flagpole Warehouse’s perfected solar lighting solutions have also been reconfigured into very effective strobe lighting warning systems. With communication and cell towers popping up somewhere new every day, flagpoles are proving to be economical mounting solutions. From telescoping solutions and other commercial grades hi-tech strong quality construction materials, The Flagpole Warehouse can provide innovative solutions for individual projects.

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