People pull 757 to raise money for eastern Iowa veterans

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Some in Cedar Rapids spent Saturday morning towing a 757 down the Eastern Iowa Airport’s tarmac.

No worries, the plane was fine. This was all planned as part of what’s called "Pulling for Honor." It's a benefit for the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.

About 20 teams of up to 25 competed to see who could tug the 205,000 pound plane, 12 feet, as fast as possible.

Honor flights periodically take veterans to war memorials in Washington D.C. for the day. It's free for the veterans, but expensive for organizers.

"A flight costs approximately $50,000 to get in the air,” said Allen Stekl. “We want to send a whole flight, for Pulling for Honor."

The event was expected to raise between $35-50,000.

Linn Star Transfer's group won the plane pull with a time of 6.4 seconds.