Friday, January 5, 2007

Now this would be scary !

NORFOLK Naval Air Station Virginia -- One of the military's largest transports got stuck at the end of a runway atop the I-564 overpass for more than 16 hours. It was unable to turn around at the West end of Chambers Field at the Norfolk Naval Station.  The incident forced the closing of the field to all but helicopter traffic and made for a dramatic sight for hundreds of motorists passing beneath it during morning rush hour.

"That thing' s like a big building sitting there.'' said motorists.
The nose of the aircraft actually stuck out and OVER the Interstate!

The aircraft's nose was so far over the end of the ramp, the crew was unable to see the runway where it was supposed to turn around so the pilot simply had to leave it at the end of the runway.  The Air Force C-5 Galaxy, largest airplane in the free world, is almost as long as a football field and as high as a six-story building.

Weighing 420 tons with a full load, it uses a system of 28 wheels to distribute its weight.  The aircraft had to wait for a specially made tow bar trucked in from Dover, Del.     When the tow bar arrived, it was used to hook the C-5 to a tractor that then turned the aircraft around.  The plane was not damaged.

The female co-pilot was overheard saying to the male pilot as they exited the plane..."I told you we should have stopped and asked for directions ."  


jonibooks1991 said...

I'll have to show this to my son in law the pilot.  Very scary!  Joni

sonensmilinmon said...

My son was telling me about this! He said the crazest thing happened to him - he drove under the transport jet!  I LAUGHED at him, thinking he was trying to humor me out of my funk!  OMGosh, now I have to tell him I saw the picture and that I believe him now.   Gawd, I hate when he's right!


sonensmilinmon said...

Okay, called son and he said he drove under some planes but,  he wasn't in  his car and it wasn't on the freeway ... and it was on a golf cart.  I was laughing because he has NOTHING to do with planes anymore.  You had to listen to him and what they did.  I guess those boys do crazy stuff at times.  This was actually something that happened before he arrived but, he heard about it.  Still interesting to see that!  


radar446 said...

Now that is funny!


jeadie05 said...

Oh Linda lol Jan xx

jlocorriere05 said...

That must have been scary, but funny to look back on! Jeannette xx  

ally123130585918 said...

That is some Picture Linda ~ laughed at the female co~pilots remark about asking for directions ~ Ally

inquestoftruth said...

Wouldda been a sight to see!!

queenb8261 said...

WHOA! That's big.

yakima127 said...

Freaky!  Jae