NORFOLK -- One of the military's largest transports was stuck on a
runway atop the I-564 overpass for more than 16 hours today, unable to
turn around at the west end of Chambers Field at the Norfolk Naval
Station. The incident, starting about 1 a.m., forced the closing of the
field for most of the day to all but helicopter traffic and made for a
dramatic sight to hundreds of motorists passing beneath it during the
morning rush hour. "That thing's like a big building sitting there.''
said some motorists.
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. The pilot
stopped the aircraft and prevented it from running off the ramp. They
also stated that it was too tight of a turn to turn the aircraft around.
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. At 420
tons with a full load, it uses a system of 28 wheels to distribute its
weight. The aircraft spent most of the day waiting for a specially made
tow bar to be trucked to the base from Dover, Del. The tow bar arrived
about noon and was used to hook the C-5 to a tractor so the aircraft
could be turned around. The plane was moved off the runway by 4:30 p.m.,
No one was hurt, and the plane was not damaged.