UK: Orange and white flag ‘FAA requirement’

Is it a Tennessee prank? Some Rocky Top high jinks?

Nope. Kentucky put out a statement via its twitter account on Monday explaining the need for the orange and white checkered flag atop a Commonwealth Stadium crane.

The flag, commonly known as an “Airfield Safety” flag, is there per regulations, UK said.

“The checkered flag atop the construction crane at Commonwealth Stadium is an FAA requirement,” the tweet said. “Cranes of this height fly the flag in order to ensure the safety of aircraft traveling in the area.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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