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June 24, 2011

What Can 18,000 GI's Do?


They can stand at attention in the Statute of Liberty Formation.

This photo was taken at Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa in 1918.
Base to Shoulder: 150 feet
Right Arm: 340 feet
Widest part of arm
holding torch: 12 1/2 feet
Right thumb: 35 feet
Thickest part of body:
29 feet
Left hand length: 30 feet
Face: 60 feet
Nose: 21 feet
Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet
Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000
Number of men in torch: 2,800
Number of men in right arm: 1,200
Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000
Total men: 18,000
Just think of the calculations needed to figure out how many men to use to keep the figure in proper perspective at such a distance/angle. There are 12,000 men in the flame and only 2,000 in the base, body and head. The arm holding the torch is 340 feet long while the torch and flame is nearly 1,000 feet.

H/t to Charlie

9 comments:

The Underground Pewster said...

How about the poor guy who's claim to fame was, "I was her armpit."

The Underground Pewster said...

I guess I would rather be the armpit of the statue of liberty than the crown in the statue of Sadamm.

Andy said...

Genius. I wonder what platform was used to snap the photo, balloon or airplane?

Kid said...

I've seen this. Great stuff.

Bungalow Bill said...

cool photo

sig94 said...

Pewster - Time will tell if the Iraqi's try to rehabilitate Sadam's image as the Russians are doing for Stalin. Papa Stalin indeed.

What is with these idiots' desire to embrace mass murders?

sig94 said...

Andy - I don;t know if they had to go that high. I was thinking water tower or wireless antenna maybe.

sig94 said...

Kid - this is the first time I ever saw this photo. It really is remarkable.

sig94 said...

Bill - Just think, if the base commandant tried to do this today, he'd probably be court martialed.