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The Military Jumbo
Jet that Got Stranded at the Norfolk Naval Air Station-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: Pictures of a giant C-5 Galaxy
sitting on an overpass. The story says it got stuck on the runway
at the Norfolk Naval Station because it could not turn around.
The Truth: According to the folks at the
Norfolk Naval Station, this story and the pictures are true.
The road goes under the runway through a tunnel which made for quite a
sight for cars driving toward the tunnel.
Last updated 11/18/05
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
NORFOLK Naval Air Station Virginia -- One of the military's largest
transports got stuck at the end of a runway atop the I-564
for more than 16 hours. It was unable to turn around at the West
of Chambers Field at the Norfolk Naval Station. The incident
the closing of the field to all but helicopter traffic and made
dramatic sight for hundreds of motorists passing beneath it during
morning rush hour.
"That thing's like a big building sitting there.'' said
The nose of the aircraft actually stuck out and OVER the
The aircraft's nose was so far over the end of the ramp, the crew
unable to see the runway where it was supposed to turn around so
pilot simply had to leave it at the end of the runway. The Air
C-5 Galaxy, largest airplane in the free world, is almost as long
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
distribute its weight. The aircraft had to wait for a specially
tow bar trucked in from Dover, Delaware! 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.
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