Press Release

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
1 Aviation Circle - Washington, DC 20001-6000 - (703) 417-8370 - Fax: (703) 417-8371

Tuesday, May 05, 1998

DULLES DAY Set for May 30

Alexandria, VA—The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will host "Dulles Day" on Saturday, May 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring the biggest "tug of war" in northern Virginia -- the annual PLANE PULL at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The Plane Pull, sponsored by the Airports Authority Police Department, raises money for the Virginia Special Olympics as teams of twenty people display "Olympian strength" by pulling a 727 jet aircraft donated by Federal Express. The teams, which each donate $1,000 to the Special Olympics, are challenged to pull the plane 12 feet by rope. Over the last five years, the Airports Authority estimates that over $200,000 has been raised for the Virginia Special Olympics.

"This is a great opportunity for Dulles Airport to support an important program like the Virginia Special Olympics and to open the airport to the community with displays and information about the world of aviation," says Keith Meurlin, Dulles Airport Manager.

In addition to the Plane Pull, the ramp area at the Cargo 5 Building will be transformed into an exhibit area which will include numerous aircraft on display for inspection, including: two versions of the C-130 Hercules transport, one of which is equipped to land on the snowpack of Antarctica; the F-16 Fighting Falcon, America's frontline fighter; and a WWII propeller-driven trainer, the T-6 Texan, as well as private and public safety aircraft.

A special new feature for Dulles Day will offer model aircraft flight demonstrations by the Virginia Airshow Squadron team. Model aircraft, of various scales, will be flown throughout the day and will feature: The Voyager, which flew around the world without refueling; Starship Enterprise, from the tv show "Star Trek--Next Generation"; and formation flight aircraft similar to the Air Force Flight Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds.

There will be informational exhibits about Dulles International Airport and the future site of the Dulles Center Air and Space Museum.

Visitors to Dulles Day will also find: a police badge and patch collectors show; fire and police equipment display; airport snow removal and large equipment display; and a Kids Korner with special activities for children.

Food at reduced prices will be available. Free parking will be offered for Dulles Day attendees near the Cargo 5 complex. The public should follow signs on the airport to the event.

The official radio station for the Plane Pull, WBIG Oldies 100 FM, will provide music and Acolor commentary" during the competition.