How fast can you pull a 727 aircraft on your own? Not very far. It takes a team and that was evident Saturday afternoon as the Spokane County Regulators pulled the FedEx plane 12 feet to victory in 6.59 seconds.
It’s easy to spot the team’s captain, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. His jersey number from college carried over to the charitable football team who often support organizations like Wounded Warriors. The mutt team of strong men left no slack in the rope leaving other teams in the dust.
Why would anyone want to pull a heavy plane anyway? The contest benefits the Special Olympics which is an event Knezovich supports every February by jumping into a freezing lake.
“I really love those athletes. They overcome a lot and do it for the right reasons, ” Knezovich said.
Wondering how to pull your own plane? Safety instructors warned participants to not try this at home, but good luck finding a 727 aircraft with a rope attached to it sitting around willy-nilly. Here’s some tips:
- Biggest guys go in the back of the rope line.
- Don’t leave any slack in the rope.
- And of course, pull hard.
Dottie sits in the cockpit and gives the signal that she’s ready to go. An buzzard sounds and the teams become one with the rope.