PHOTOS: Dulles Day
Despite the clouds, many people came out to cheer on the plane pull teams and enjoy the exhibits.
Dulles International Airport hosted the 19th Annual Dulles Day and Plane Pull on Saturday, Sept. 24.
All the festivities took place behind cargo buildings 5 and 6 allowing the crowds a close up view of the active runways. Vintage, modern and military aircraft lined the side of the festival's runway. Many were open for viewing to the public from the inside as well including the Flagship Detroit, the oldest flying DC3, a C-12 cargo plane, and a Fed-Ex Airbus A-310.
The family festival had something for everyone. Professional pizza tossers entertained the crowds before a pizza-eating contest. The classic car show and Fed Ex NASCAR vehicles rounded out the center of the runway. The KidZone filled with moonbounces, obstacle courses and other fun activities sponsored by the new Loudoun Hounds baseball team was a big hit with families. There were also large runway maintenance vehicles open for viewing.
New for this year were mobile lounge tours of the airport including the runways and concourse. Proceeds from the ride went to benefit Special Olympics.
The reason that many came to the event was for the plane pull. This event that began 19 years ago has been replicated across the country to benefit the Special Olympics and other charities. This year's teams raised a total of $120,000 for Special Olympics Virginia. The first pull of the day was by the Special Olympics team. All the moneys raised by this team went to the sports represented. Taking home a fifth title, returning champions from the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office defended their title with a winning pull time of 7.493. The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office was second with a time of 7.900. Cisco remained champion with their fundraising efforts winning first place for money raised.
You can find all the results on the Dulles Plane Pull's Facebook page.