For the 10th consecutive year, it was a team from the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office that won the Dulles Plane Pull on Saturday.
In its 24th year, the plane pull raises money for the Special Olympics of Virginia. This year, about 90 teams of 25 members each paid a $1,500 entry fee to compete in pulling an Airbus A-320 for a distance of 12 feet in the fastest time, according to Special Olympics Senior Director of Public Relations Holly Claytor. While the charity is still counting its earnings, more than $325,000 was raised this year—breaking the previous year’s record of $300,000.
The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office hauled the jetliner 12 feet in 4.872 seconds. While Chesapeake may have been the biggest team—weighing in at a collective 3.8 tons—the second-place team, the Prince William County police department and sheriff’s office at 4.9 seconds, was the biggest fundraiser at $13,143.02.
By contrast, the lightest team, Lions Heart Ashburn, weighed just over one-third the weight of the Chesapeake team at 2705 pounds altogether. Some organizations, such as consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, which fielded five teams, held internal contests among their own teams.
A crowd estimated at 15,000 people came to the event, which also feature aircraft and classic car displays, live music and kids activities.
To defend its championship, the Chesapeake team won with a time of 4.87 seconds, The Prince William County Sheriff’s Office team was the runner up.