Rockford International Airport Tug-of-War Pits 757 Against People During Annual UPS Plane Pull

Rockford, Ill. – How many people can say they’ve pulled a 757 aircraft with their bare hands?  Rockford residents will get the opportunity in just a few short weeks.  Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) will host the 1st annual UPS Plane Pull on Sunday, October 13 at 10 a.m.  

This is a unique opportunity to pull an aircraft weighing over 200,000 pounds 20 feet across the tarmac - the equivalent of approximately 100 elephants, 57 automobiles or 40 blue whales! Teams will be timed, with the quickest team taking home the trophy.


In addition to bragging rights, all proceeds benefit the United Way of Rock River Valley.

The event will also feature music and food from local vendors. A children’s play area with face painting will also be included.


“We are pleased to collaborate with UPS and the United Way to provide an exciting and meaningful opportunity for people to experience the tarmac from a different perspective while raising money to support programming for our community,” said Mike Dunn, RFD Executive Director.


Teams that think they have what it takes…or at least want to have fun trying, can register by calling Amanda Zink at 815-871-1892 or Khris Kessler at 815-814-3046.  Cost is $200 per team with a maximum of 20 people per team.


RFD is served by three airlines:  Allegiant, Apple Vacations and Frontier.  RFD serves nine non-stop destinations including Cancun, Denver, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana and Tampa Bay.  For more information on all flights, visit


UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.