The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Illinois put on an event at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport this past weekend, the 9th Annual Plane Pull. The event was held at the United Airlines Cargo Facility and sponsored by the Chicago Department of Aviation, UPS Airlines, and United Airlines. Special Olympics athletes and their supporters raced to pull two planes down a twelve-foot stretch. The sponsors provided games and other activities, food and most importantly, aircraft.
There were two divisions of the competition: division one for smaller teams to pull United’s Boeing 737-900, a relatively light aircraft in comparison to the Airbus A300-600F supplied by UPS. All that was required by each team was to pull their respective aircraft 12 feet with a rope attached to the aircraft’s nose gear. After each team’s pull, they had the opportunity to take pictures and get closer to the airplane, a great for the general public and aviation enthusiasts alike to enjoy the aircraft.
While it may seem to be a daunting task for a team of only 20 people to pull a 100,000lb aircraft; each pull was only a matter of seconds. I participated on behalf of the PSC group’s “Boeing Constrictors,” one of 85 teams from the Chicagoland area, and enjoyed a brilliant morning with those who worked very hard to make the event as successful as it was.
The main event was fun, and there were also smaller games sponsored by United’s maintenance trucks, along with food provided by HMS Host and a barbecue featuring the famous United Airlines Barbeque Team and 777 Grill.
It was a great way for the Chicagoland community to spend a morning having fun and supporting the Special Olympic athletes who were at the event.
Featured image by the author.