nwray
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Floating Aircraft Bridge At Renton?

Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:05 pm

Hello. In reading a magazine article about 707 history, they referred to and had a small photo of a wooden floating bridge that was used to move aircraft from the factory over the Green River to the runway. Any other recollections from anyone out there? I'm assuming such bridge no longer exists. Thanks.
 
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RE: Floating Aircraft Bridge At Renton?

Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:51 pm

that bridge still exists.. it's a large concrete one though. The 737s are still moved the same way to the field from the factory. They are towed to the west side of the airport; then cross the runway midfield to the stands on the east side.
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RE: Floating Aircraft Bridge At Renton?

Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:55 pm

The Cedar River, the Green is further South and doesn't flow through Renton.

The bridge is at the bottom of this photo: http://www.burgesslegacy.org/rtngfx/renton1959.jpg although I didn't know it "floated".
 
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RE: Floating Aircraft Bridge At Renton?

Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:14 am

That is very interesting indeed. As a keen follower of the new 737s I did wonder how they got them from the back of the factory to the ramp. I just couldn't see how it was done when I looked on google maps but now I know!

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nwray
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RE: Floating Aircraft Bridge At Renton?

Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:57 pm

Thanks for the replies and photo. Have a great day, all.
 
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RE: Floating Aircraft Bridge At Renton?

Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:10 pm

Rob - most 737's take this bridge


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RE: Floating Aircraft Bridge At Renton?

Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:18 pm

Clickhappy,
this is not the bridge that they get from factory to the line. This is the brigde that connects A positions to the C and D positions. The bridge that connect the airplanes that come out of factory to the airport is at the end of Cedar River.
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RE: Floating Aircraft Bridge At Renton?

Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:46 pm

ah! I misread the original post, thanks for clarifying!

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