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Transporting a decommissioned Gruman A6 Intruder plane from Montoursville to Williamsport

December 08, 2020 08:00 AM
By: Maggie Baker

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​On Wednesday, October 28, a decommissioned Gruman A6 Intruder left the Williamsport Airport in Montoursville on a flatbed truck on its way to the Veterans Memorial Park in Williamsport, where it will be on display for the rest of its days. To move the 93,000-pound airplane took collaboration from a number of supporting partners, including organization from the Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 3's permit unit, bridge unit and traffic unit to ensure the plane could reach the destination.

The Gruman A6 Intruder is nearly 100-feet long (including the carrier), is 25-feet, 4-inches wide, and 14-feet, 6-inches tall. The trip to the Veterans Memorial Park in Williamsport would be approximately 15 miles and would travel through five municipalities and include a turn-around. At 9:00 pm, the superload left the Williamsport Airport and traveled through Montoursville Borough into Fairfield Township where it would enter onto Interstate-180 westbound and continue through two municipalities until it reached Pine Run Road in Woodward Township, where the superload turned around and traveled northbound on Route 220, exiting onto Route 2014 (West Fourth Street) in the City of Williamsport where it would continue until it reached the Veterans Memorial Park. The move took a total of two hours and there were no issues.

The airplane will be placed on a concrete slab, which is scheduled to be constructed in the spring of 2021. The A6 Intruder will be on display with a M60 tank and torpedo. Prior to being on display at the Veterans Memorial Park, the airplane belonged to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Aviation Maintenance Program.

Collaborating partners include: 5XO Pilot Car Service, Inc.; Allison Crane & Rigging, Inc.; the City of Williamsport, PA; High Steel Structures, LLC; High Transit, LLC; Office of Pennsylvania State Representative Jeff Wheeland; the Pennsylvania State Police; PennDOT, District 3 the Pennsylvania College of Technology; Pressure Connections, LLC; Savoy Contract Furniture; Shirk Trucking, Inc.; Veterans Memorial Park Committee; the Williamsport Bureau of Fire; and Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority.

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