B-1 bomber arrives at PDX

B-1 bomber arrives at PDX

B-1 bomber arrives at PDX

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by Teresa Blackman and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on November 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 12 at 10:06 AM

PORTLAND -- A decommissioned B-1 bomber making its way through Oregon this week has arrived at Portland International Airport.

The convoy carrying the B-1 left Albany late Thursday night, en route to Portland. It arrived at the airport at about 2 a.m. Friday.

ODOT officials said the supersonic jet is among the largest loads to be hauled through the state. The partially-dismantled plane is 135 feet long, 29 feet wide and 15 feet high. Its wings have been removed.

The convoy traveled about 45 mph and only between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. It took up two lanes of traffic, and had to pull over in pre-designated spots to allow traffic to pass as needed.

Its final destination will be the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington. Once it arrives there it will undergo fatigue testing to determine how long other bombers still in the air can fly safely.

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