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Everything You Need To Know About Airplane Transport

Transport your airplane with Wide Load Shipping. With over 13 years of experience, we’re the industry’s most reliable airplane trucking company. We transport small aircraft, such as prop planes, and large commercial aircraft, such as Boeings. Wide Load Shipping transports airplanes, both small and large jets. We also transport airplane fuselages and other components to the assembly location. Separating the fuselage and wings ensures safe and efficient airplane transport. We have many years of breakbulk and heavy equipment shipping experience. Call now and get an airplane shipping quote! (877) 792-5056

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Aircraft Shipping 101

There are quite a few different ways for us to ship your aircraft. One is to completely disassemble it and crate it up. And the other is to partially disassemble it and load it onto a semi-truck trailer. In the latter case, you need to make sure that your overall length is no more than about 65 feet for typical and reasonably priced aircraft shipping. Also, height is something to take note of since when you get about 12 feet, the shipping cost will increase. Shipping aircraft over these dimensions can be done as well, but at an extra cost. If you do not know the exact dimensions of your plane or jet, you can search for your crafts specs, as they have almost anything made listed within the last 40 years.

You must remove all fuel from tanks, and in some states, they might even require you to have a purge certificate stating that the tanks have been completely purged of any elements or residues of fuel. You’ll need to check with the state that you are transporting your aircraft in or through to make sure that you will not be required to have a purge certificate. Other elements to consider are making sure that your plane has the proper insurance to cover its value in the event of damages, as your regular insurance may not cover you while being transported by a third party. It’s extremely important that your aircraft has been properly prepared for transport.

You want to make sure that any openings on the jet or plane are completely sealed off from any kind of moisture to prevent damage in case of rain. You will also want to properly wrap your wings to protect them from being scratched or damaged is well. Typically most aircraft owners will also require that the trailer be equipped with an air ride suspension system in order to protect the aircraft from sudden jolts or vibration from the road. You should also consider removing any sensitive electronics that may be permanently damaged due to vibration. It is also important that you have nylon straps when you’re aircraft moving company arrives in case something needs to be secured that could be damaged otherwise by chains. While most aircraft shipping companies do have straps, others do not, so be sure and check with your mover salesperson or dispatcher to clarify this issue.

There are many reasons you might ship an airplane. You might have just sold it. It might need repairs. The list goes on. Airplane trucking services with Wide Load Shipping are comprehensive and cover every situation. Here are a few more reasons to transport an airplane.

  • When the airplane still needs to be fully assembled – Most aviation or airplane companies ship airplane fuselages, wings, and other components to a new destination for assembly.
  • When the airplane is inoperable – If your plane isn’t in good working condition and repairs cannot be done in its current location, hiring an airplane trucking service may be a viable alternative.
  • When the plane can’t handle long-distance or international travel – Some smaller planes, like Cessna 172, which has a range of about 736 miles, may not be able to handle overseas travel. And for this reason, they are shipped by sea freight or land truck.

Get To Know About Parts of an Aircraft

When transporting airplanes, they must be partially disassembled to avoid difficulties during shipping due to tunnels, overpasses, and other highway elements. The main airplane parts transported include:

  • Fuselage

The fuselage is the body of an airplane or the hollow tube that accommodates passengers and cargo.

  • Wings

Wings are other airplane parts that are detached for easy shipping. They are necessary for flight on an aircraft.

  • Power Plant

A power plant combines the engine and propeller, which work in harmony to generate power and thrust.

  • Landing Gear

Landing gear includes parts like wheels and shock absorbers used in the landing and takeoff of an airplane.

  • Empennage

Also known as the tail of an airplane, the empennage consists of the elevator, which helps in the up and down movement, and the rudder, which steers from right to right. Empennage helps with overall airplane stability.

Whether you are looking to haul an entire airplane or individual components, Wide Load Shipping has special equipment to handle aircraft shipping. Our logistics experts will obtain the necessary permits and plan every step of the process.

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Free Resources

Wide Load Shipping has a vast library of resources and guides to educate on all things oversize load and super load transport.

Route Surveys

Wide Load Shipping has a team to provide route surveys, ensuring your oversize load is transported safely.

Oversize Load Regulations by State

Wide Load Shipping has over twelve years of experience, and we’ve listed the regulations you need to know for transporting oversize loads in each state.

Dedicated Transport Agent

At Wide Load Shipping you work with a dedicated transport agent who will guide you through every step of the shipping process.

All-Inclusive Shipping Quotes

Wide Load Shipping provides you with a quote that includes everything you need, whether it be loading assistance, pilot cars, or other amenities for transport. No hidden fees!

Every Step Handled For You

Wide Load Shipping simplifies oversize load transport. We handle every aspect of transport, from the initial dispatch to final delivery. Find out more now!

Common Airplane Types Transported by Wide Load Shipping

Our extensive experience and expertise help us haul any size of the airplane, including:

  • MiG 15
  • Ultralight aircraft
  • Glider/sailplane Boeing 737 Cockpit
  • 2 place enclosed ultralight-Rans S12
  • Stearman biplane and engine
  • Partially assembled small aircraft
  • Cessna 210

Why You Should Choose Wide Load Shipping’s Airplane Trucking Services

Shipping an airplane is a task that should only be left in the hands of experienced logistics experts with careful attention to detail. At Wide Load Shipping, we have knowledgeable and experienced logistics agents and drivers who ensure your cargo reaches its destination in one piece. When you seek our airplane trucking services, you get a dedicated transport agent who guides you.

We also have specialized loading equipment to help load your airplane for shipping. Our team of logistics agents will obtain everything necessary for the timely and safe shipping of your airplane, including pilot or escort cars and necessary permits, and handle all the necessary paperwork. This gives all our clients the confidence to transport airplanes, fuselage, wings, and other parts with us. Our mission is to ensure your cargo is delivered safely and the crew is safe as well.

Wide Load Shipping has over twelve years of experience shipping airplanes, fuselages, wings, and other components. We are a bonded, insured, and licensed company, and all our drivers are thoroughly vetted and have the necessary licensing. We ensure you have the best airplane trucking services. Get an airplane transport quote today! (877) 792-5056

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you Ship an Airplane?

When shipping an airplane overland, it must be disassembled and loaded on a flatbed trailer. The fuel is drained before shipping for safety, and all parts are carefully cabled down to avoid rollover.

  • Do you have to Remove the Wings to Transport an Airplane?

Yes! You will have to remove the wings when transporting an airplane. Wings pose difficulties due to highway elements like overpasses and tunnels.

Our Process


Get Started

Your dedicated transport agent provides you with an all-inclusive quote tailored to fit your needs. We pull the permits, handle route surveys, find the best driver, and more.


Driver Dispatch

Once everything is in place, a driver is dispatched to pick up your heavy equipment. Your equipment is safely loaded and secured before setting off.


24/7 Dedicated Support

Your dedicated agent is available throughout the entire journey to answer any questions you may have. Your oversize load is delivered safely and on time. Get your transport quote now!