1979 NASA built the world's biggest (at the time) windmill.
Actually they built
four of them. One of these was built on the island of Culebra which is geographically
part of the U.S. Virgin Islands but administered by Puerto Rico.
Culebra is a
It has a small town, Dewey, situated on a hurricane-proof harbor.
the island is an old naval gunnery range;
the other half is the Theodore Roosevelt
To make a short story longer; NASA built a gold-plated white elephant
for $2,000,000 ($16,000,000 in today's dollars) of taxpayer's money.
160 feet tall and weighed 35,000 pounds.
It was as big as a city bus suspended
100 feet in the air!
When it wouldn't work as it should (since it was out in the
of nowhere in a corrosive salt environment), the General Services
auctioned it off to a private citizen for $2,000.
(The government earns a return
on your money of negative 10,000%!)
City Museum has now acquired this colossal
(yes NASA painted it white) and it is now erected
the tower) inside City Museum.
It doesn't have the original blades because they
got left behind
and were presumably destoyed in Hurricane Hugo.
But it does
some extrordinary work.
Fully reconfigured, it lifts a 20,000 pound block of granite
feet in the air and lets it back down again!