Flag that Flew Above the Glomar Explorer

Artifact Details

This flag flew atop the Hughes Glomar Explorer during its daring mission.

In the early 1970s, Howard Hughes announced the construction of the Hughes Glomar Explorer, a gigantic vessel that would mine the ocean floor for manganese nodules. This CIA cover story hid its real mission–to recover a sunken Soviet submarine from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. On 4 July 1974, the ship began its two-month-long covert salvage operation, all the while allaying suspicions of curious Soviet ships nearby.

Artifact Specs

238.8 cm x 142.2 cm

(L x W)

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