Feds to begin testing runways for extra-heavy cargo planes

10/22/2008 | Wired magazine

The FAA is gearing up its National Airport Pavement Test Facility in New Jersey to study how tarmac stands up to 10-wheeled behemoths like the Antonov AN-124, used to transport extra-heavy cargo like oil-field pumps and locomotives. After laying 50 inches of new concrete or asphalt, engineers will stress the surface with a test vehicle that exerts 75,000 pounds of downward pressure for each wheel.

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