For nearly three decades, the plane pull at Dulles Airport has attracted the aviation-curious. This year, 13,163 residents crowded the tarmac to not only watch teams tug airliners, but to also peruse dozens of other aircraft, from privately-owned Cessnas to Air Force C-17 Globemasters.
The 27th annual Dulles Day event, hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and United Airlines, began with a “Run the Runway” 5K and 10K, followed by five hours of festivities that included appearances from aircraft like the A-10 Warthog, the T-38 Talon, the MV-22B Osprey and the UH-60 Black Hawk.
But at centerstage the entire day was the Plane Pull, in which nearly 80 teams of about 25 members took turns at pulling either a FedEx Boeing 757 or a United Airlines A320 for a distance of 12 feet. By the end of the day, the Chesapeake County Sheriff’s Office emerged victorious for a 12th consecutive year, with a time of 4.95 seconds. Lagging behind by just 0.01 seconds were the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office and the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office.
In all, the Dulles Day event raised $415,000 to benefit Special Olympics Virginia.