Jenna Lee Got a Fascinating Look at World's Largest Free-Flying U.S. Flag
Fox News’ Jenna Lee got an up close and personal look at the world’s largest American flag, which hangs from the world’s busiest bridge.
The George Washington Bridge — which connects New York and New Jersey — started to fly Old Glory on Veterans Day and other national holidays after World War II.
The bridge boasts the largest free-flying flag in the world – it’s 60 by 90 feet and weighs 450 pounds.
Port Authority electrician Chris Bonanno said that the flag would cover a full-sized basketball court. He also explained that one star on the flag is about 3 feet tall. That means Bonanno's height is the equivalent of two stars, while Jenna measures just one-and-a-half.
The flag is stored in a fiber glass tube that runs from the top to the bottom of the bridge’s arch.
The tube helps shield the flag from the elements and from thousands of drivers who pass under it, likely unaware that it’s there.
While a lot of the flag flying operations are high-tech, Jenna learned that repairs sometimes rely on old-fashioned handiwork.
The bridge's crew sews patches and makes repairs when the flag rips. Bonanno has done some of the sewing himself.
“I have three daughters, and actually I do the sewing at home,” he said. “My mother taught me.”
Jenna really wanted to understand the height and marvel of the flag, so she walked out onto one of the bridge’s beams to get a better perspective.
Jenna stood right above the spot where Old Glory flies on special days.
The flag was then unfurled by three strategically placed teams and a dozen men.
Bonanno described the experience of unfurling the flag as “tremendous.”
“You get a chill, every time when you see it fly [...] we take a lot of pride in it,” he said.
Watch the video above to hear more about the flag, and check out the video below to learn more about the bridge's amazing maintenance team.