always a great spectacle watching a plane soar in the skies. It’s lot more a
fun experience watching a truck haul a massive plane on the road. The plane was
an Airbus A 320 and the truck was a heavy-haulage Actros SLT tractor unit from
spectacular heavy-haulage operation took place throughout Germany and drew in
the crowds wherever it passed. No surprise really when you take a look at the
vital statistics involved: 60 m long, 90 tonnes in weight and 5 metre wide. The
Actros SLT with around 630 hp was tasked with bringing the Airbus A 320 to
southern Germany. The sensational transport task of the fuselage took around 11
days. Stuttgart-based heavy-haulage firm PAULE loaded the Airbus onto their
Actros SLT in Tallinn (Estonia) after it was damaged during a heavy landing.
truck ferry took the freight across the Baltic Sea to Lubeck's docks. From
there the Actros SLT heavy-haulage team took three nights to cross Hamburg,
Magdeburg, Nuremberg and Stuttgart before heading for the northern part of the
Black Forest. Twice along the route, the Airbus heavy-haulage convoy had to
leave the motorway to avoid low bridges. Plus, after the Actros SLT left the
motorway and was driving along a side road at one point, the driver even had to
drive the long combination backwards so as to be able to re-enter the motorway
in the opposite direction. What's more, a second Actros SLT was also brought in
readiness for the freight arriving at its final destination. On a tight and
steep forest road, the SLT duo brought the Airbus to its new home on the
training grounds of the KSK Special Forces Command in Calw. There, the Airbus
will soon be put to use as part of realistic training scenarios for the
protection of airline passengers.
firm PAULE opted for the Mercedes-Benz Actros SLT as its tractor unit of choice
because such extreme transport tasks dictate 100% reliability.
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