Wind Turbine Blades

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We were driving around Hutchinson, Kansas when I saw this lineup of trucks loaded with wind turbine blades sitting on a road not far from the Siemens plant. There are hundreds of wind turbines in a huge wind farm west of Salina. These blades, when they’re operational, seem deceptively small; up close, these blades are massive. And I don’t even think these ones in the photos are the biggest I’ve seen.

Oversize Load indeed.

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5 thoughts on “Wind Turbine Blades

    1. matt Post author

      Indeed! It’s not surprising they make them there in mid-Kansas (though I was surprised to see them) since wind is abundant there.

      My brother tells this story: Not long after he started college there in McPherson, someone asked the group, which included a girl from Columbia, if they wanted to go see the wind farm. He says this Columbian girl thought about that for a minute and asked, “Isn’t Kansas windy enough?”

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      1. cars4usa

        😂 Good story, and the girl had a good point. Indeed, not that surprising to see them then, but still unusual I think. After all, you still won’t see something like it every day.

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  1. SnapperTrx

    These things ARE massive on a grand scale! I don’t think people realize how big they are from a distance. We almost did some work on the windmill farms in Tehachapi, and ill tell you, when you stand next to some of these things it’s almost frightening how big they are.

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    1. matt Post author

      I agree. We once went out to a windfarm a bit east of a small town south of here, and the sound they make is a little haunting too…

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