A PILOT OOPSY
This really happened....
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 copilot was overheard saying to the male pilot as they exited the plane...
"I told you we should have stopped and asked for directions "
Whether the last statement is true or not, this really happened, what a sight for the motorists, huh? I'm sure there were a bunch of, huhs, what the hecks, and: Oh My Gods, in that 16 hours! -------- Art