Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Floral Flag: This Flag Doesn't Fly

Orbiting 423 miles above the Earth, the Ikonos high-resolution imaging satellite,
launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base a few years ago, snapped this image Sunday of the Lompoc
Valley's 6.5-acre floral flag.

The Floral Flag, Vandenberg AFB, Santa Barbara County, California

* Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean.

* The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB.!

Check out the dimensions of the flag:

* The Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834.

* This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur.

* Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants, with 4 -5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.

Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson Soldiers' Prayer.


When you receive this, please stop for a moment
and say a prayer for our servicemen.

by RidesAPaleHorse
images/Sources: sjcarvello

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