Philly plane pull not easy, but $ haul was worth it

The Allstate team struggles to pull a Gulfstream IV for 50 feet on Sunday as part of the 9th Annual Plane Pull for the Ronald McDonald House.

The grimaces on their faces said it all, reinforced by what no doubt soon will be sore backs, arms and legs: It ain’t easy pulling an airplane.

Yet more than 500 not easily intimidated people turned out Sunday morning at Atlantic Aviation, adjacent to Philadelphia International Airport,  to take on a hulking, 75,000-pound Gulfstream IV to raise money for Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House.

The ninth annual PRMH Plane Pull, sponsored by Allstate Insurance Co., raised more than $170,000. Forty teams took turns pulling the aircraft 50 feet, each trying to finish with the fastest time. Those honors went to team Pull My Finger (what a witty crew), which pulled the plane in under 13 seconds.

The plane was donated by Philly Jet Service. Top fund-raisers included Chickie’s & Pete’s, TEAMPHLY, Aberdeen Asset Management, Walmart, and Owen’s Heart Heros. Ronald McDonald House helps families of seriously ill children by providing them with a place to stay and a community of support.