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Plane Stuck Over The Interstate  
User currently offlineYhmfan From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 607 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7344 times:

Someone sent me this picture in an e-mail today:

The text that went with it said:


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.


Does anyone know if this is real or a hoax?

Thanks



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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7296 times:

Safe to say the text is a hoax. Pix is real enough though

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17068 posts, RR: 66
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7264 times:

The Air Force C-5 Galaxy, largest airplane in the free world

LOL! I guess they haven't updated their stock text for a while eh?



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User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7264 times:

Completly a Hoax, look at how the road starts to slope down. As if it leads into a tunnel under a Taxiway or so. Anyone that lives in the area, can you confirm this?

User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8493 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7261 times:

Which part of the text is it a hoax? The part where it says "the crew was unable to see the runway", or "largest airplane in the free world"?  Smile

User currently offlineUswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7225 times:

Pretty sure its real, found the AP press release: http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2003/03/07c5makessurprise.html
-Jeremy


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7203 times:

It's not a hoax, it really happened...

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/photos/stuck.html


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6709 times:

"Completly a Hoax, look at how the road starts to slope down. As if it leads into a tunnel under a Taxiway or so."

Yes the road leads into a tunnel, but the aircraft was still stuck over the road.

Nowhere in the text does it say the aircraft ran off the runway and was left hanging over the road. The crew obviously just missed the last turnoff, which is why a towbar was roaded in!


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6604 times:

It is always fun to see people who think they are "aviation experts" come to a conclusion before they have any real facts or evidence...  Insane

Some of you would fit perfecty in the Bush administration!  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6392 times:

This plane is not "hanging over the highway". If not a hoax then it's surely ill informed journalism.

User currently offline1millionflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6306 times:

the C-5 is not the largest anymore. the Antonov 225 has much more capacity and has been flying for a while. The AN-124 is similiar in size and the A380 will be diminsionally much larger.





User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5540 times:

Some of you would fit perfecty in the Bush administration!

Take that to Non-Av where is belongs. Political bullshit doesn't belong here!

As for the picture, it's not a hoax. I'd like to see any of you try to taxi that behemoth around without getting yourself in a tight spot!

B4e-Forever New Frontiers


User currently offlineQantasguy From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5274 times:

Why does everything that looks different have to be a hoax?? This whole hoax thing is getting old y'all. I don't see anything there that would suggest such. Someone who doesn't know anything about aircraft may think so, but surly we have a little better knowledge that that right???????


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User currently offlineGary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5063 times:

if the C-5 is the largest in the free world which plane is larger in the communist or dictatorship world :S, think that was a silly thing to say

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4684 times:

>>>If not a hoax then it's surely ill informed journalism.

It's already been demonstrated by the link that Jeremy posted (reply 5) and the link I posted (reply 6) that it's not a hoax, so why now are those now considered as ill-informed journalism?

What does it take to convince you? Sworn and notarized statements from the crew involved posted as .PDF files?  Insane


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4082 times:

I'd like to see any of you try to taxi that behemoth around without getting yourself in a tight spot!

Nobody without a licence and experience could do that with the C5, not even you.


User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3518 times:

It's not a hoax, it's a conspiracy!!!!!!


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User currently offlineFlyIGuy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

The picture is completely TRUE / REAL . I used to live in the Norfolk area where the picture was taken. The story is that the C-5 came in to land in the middle of the night at the Norfolk Naval Airstation. The Pilot stopped the plane on the 564 interstate underpass because he couldn't see the end of the runway and just stopped instead of being afraid of running in to the grass. It was there till the middle of the day till a towbar from Dover Airforce Base could be trucked in to tow it off the runway. The Bad part was that this happened on a weekday when the base was open to all personel and it created a massive traffic back-up from people rubber necking at the plane. The runway does run over the interstate and has been for years. Hope this clears up the REAL or HOAX rumor.

Just My 2 Cents
FlyIGuy



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User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

That would be a sight when you are driving down the road unawares. Would have been fun to see in real life!

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