M5 traffic latest: Enormous British Airways Boeing 747 plane being driven up busy motorway

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The 5.8m-long fuselage of the massive decommissioned aircraft is being transported from Kemble near the Cotswolds to Salford, where it will become a fascinating new tourist attraction. vIt began its journey at around 9.30am and will makes its way along M5, M6, M56 and M60 before it is scheduled to arrive at its destination at around 2pm. Gloucestershire Police tweeted: We’re escorting an abnormal load from Kemble Airfield & on the #M5 from 9.30am today (Thurs).

“The route the 5.8m wide aircraft fuselage will take is A429, A419, A417, joining M5 north at 11a.

“This will continue in our county through to junction 8 & is expected to cause delays.”

It has been saved from the scrapheap by local airline memorabilia company Doors2Manual, who have managed to find a long-term home for the top deck in a hangar at the airport in Salford.

At its new home, it will be known as ‘The Deck’, and will enable visitors to the tourist attraction to get close up to one of the world’s most iconic planes.

Aviation fans will be able to take the controls in the pilot seat as it will become the UK’s only 747 flight simulator using a real aircraft flight deck.

Doors2Manual is also planning to use ‘The Deck’ as a backdrop for weddings and conferences and for educational purposes.

The Boeing 7474 remains an extremely popular plane in the aviation industry but the final 38 were recently sent for early retirement, triggered by the impacts from the Covid pandemic.

British scrapped all 31 of its 747s, while Virgin Atlantic also made the same move with its last seven of the aircraft.

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