UPDATE: This year’s plane pull has been cancelled due to weather. Read the cancellation statement by the Special Olympics.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The public is invited to cheer on the Arlington Police and Sheriff Team during the Plane Pull at Dulles Airport on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Gates open to the airfield at 10:30 a.m.
What is the Plane Pull at Dulles Airport?
The Plane Pull at Dulles Airport is a fun team competition to see which group can pull an airplane the fastest. The Plane Pull pits teams of 25 people against an 82-ton FedEx Airbus A320 or United Boeing 757 airplane. Participants line up along a huge rope attached to the aircraft. The starter signals the team, then starts the stopwatch. After the team pulls the aircraft 12 feet, the elapsed time is recorded as the team score. Leading up to the event, each team raises funds for Special Olympics Virginia.
Who will participate?
The Arlington Police and Sheriff Team consists of police officers, sheriff’s deputies and two Special Olympic athletes from Kenmore Middle School.
How are we preparing for the Plane Pull?
On August 23, members of the Arlington County Police Department, Sheriff’s Office and Special Olympics Athletes practiced for the upcoming plane pull by pulling the police command bus outside Kenmore Middle School.
Who does the Plane Pull at Dulles Airport support?
The Plane Pull at Dulles Airport is a charity fundraiser in support of Special Olympics Virginia. Since its launch in 1993, the Plane Pull has raised over $2,000,000 for athletes with intellectual disabilities in Virginia alone.