Claim: Photograph shows large military transport plane stuck atop a freeway overpass.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2003]
NORFOLK Naval Air Station Virginia — One of the military’s largest transports got stuck at the end of a runway atop the
“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
Weighing 420 tons with a full load, it uses a system of
Origins: In the early morning of 6 March 2003, an Air Force
the aircraft to avoid running off the pavement and into the mud, putting the plane in a position from which it could not be turned around under its own power. Neither the Norfolk naval station nor Langley Air Force Base in nearby Hampton had a tow bar big enough to use with the
Meanwhile, the naval station’s Chambers Field was closed to all traffic save helicopters, and automobiles traveling to and from the base whizzed beneath the stuck
Last updated: 19 July 2011
Barisic, Sonja. “C-5 Makes Surprise Appearance.” The [Delaware] News Journal. 7 March 2003. Dorsey, Jack. “Military Transport Plane Stuck on I-564 Overpass.” The Virginian-Pilot. 6 March 2003.