The Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Chas, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. Chas

    Chas One Too Many

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    Not sure if there was ever a thread dedicated to this- but the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, at it's completion was the third largest bridge of it's kind in the world, had a design flaw. It liked to catch the wind.

    Known as "Galloping Gertie", the bridge took off on November 7th, 1940 and collapsed into Puget Sound. The only fatality was a pet dog, who wouldn't leave the car you see on the middle span in the video.

    [video=youtube;IqK2r5bPFTM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqK2r5bPFTM&feature=related[/video]

    [video=youtube;P0Fi1VcbpAI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Fi1VcbpAI&feature=related[/video]
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2011
  2. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi

    We had to watch that several times while I was in the College of Engineering at Illinois. Great show on what happens if you don't take everything into account.

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