Traffic delays expected Tuesday for plane relocation in Warner Robins

chwright@macon.comSeptember 30, 2013 


Tom Costa wrestles an old Air Force T-33 onto a flatbed truck where workers took it off its pedestal Sept. 11 to make way for a new static exhibit -- an F-15. The T-33 is moving to a location near the Interstate 75.


WARNER ROBINS -- A military plane is finally moving to the interstate after years of planning, changes and disagreements.

Warner Robins police issued a traffic advisory warning drivers a T-33 will be moving down Watson Boulevard from South Young Avenue to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Parkway at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Police cars will escort the trainer jet.

“All but one eastbound lane will be closed when the escort approaches traffic,” the release states. “Traffic will resume as normal once the plane escort passes.”

The plane moved last month from in front of the Recreation Department to the old police department, so it could be inspected before being permanently relocated to Interstate 75. An F-15 fighter jet that previously was planned to be moved from Robins Air Force Base to the interstate will now replace the T-33 in front of the Recreation Department. No date for the F-15 arrival has been announced.

Some Warner Robins council members argued against changing the plan because they said the T-33 did not represent the work done at Robins. Mayor Chuck Shaheen and Robins officials said it was logistically and financially difficult to move the F-15.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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