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DES MOINES, Iowa – Four planes and a helicopter were transported to their new home on Saturday as Des Moines Public Schools relocates its aviation program.

The aircrafts will now be stored in the new $2 million hangar and learning facility at 205 County Line Road, near McCombs Middle School. The route from McKinley Avenue near the Des Moines Airport to the school is only about four miles, but it took crews about six hours to move the planes.

Organizers say the hardest part of the process was towing the aircrafts in between road signs. All of the signs along the route had to be taken down so the wings wouldn't knock them down.

Tim Harmer says there is a lot of work that goes into making the move successful.

“We started planning the move last summer and we`ve worked in conjunction with the moving company out of Nebraska that actually moved the aircrafts," Harmer said. "It’s been pretty much an eight or nine month process to get ready for this."

The new building will also have more classroom space for students in the aviation program.