GRAND RAPIDS — If the airplanes are moving a little slower on Saturday at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, it is not because they are experiencing technical difficulties. It is because they are being pulled — by people.
The Plane Pull Challenge of Michigan, comprised of more than 20 teams playing tug-of-war with a 155,000-pound FedEx Boeing 727 jet, is slated for Saturday as a fundraiser for Special Olympics.
Teams “win” by pulling the plane 12 feet in the shortest amount of time.
The Plane Pull Challenge is part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the airport, which features an expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The expo includes various vendors from the airport, airport equipment, law enforcement and customer demonstrations and other activities for the entire family.
To take part in the Plane Pull Challenge, teams raised a minimum of $1,200 per team. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Michigan and support its year-round sports training and competition activities for individuals who are mentally handicapped. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the pulling begins at 9:30. An awards ceremony is scheduled from 3-4 p.m.