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Canadian Forces troops vie for the honour of pulling a massive aircraft


September 15, 2012 — This CC-130 Hercules was meant to fly, but instead, Canadian Forces troops pulled it along the runway using strong backs and a thick rope, practising for a fundraiser.


The winning team took 13.75 seconds to pull the gargantuan aircraft 50 feet (15 metres).
The winning team took 13.75 seconds to pull the gargantuan aircraft 50 feet (15 metres).

It takes a lot of muscle to move a 37,000-kilogram aircraft using just a rope, but it looks like Canadian Forces troops are up to the task.

Troops at 17 Wing Winnipeg put their backs into it at their annual "Herc Pull," on Friday, competing to see which team could pull a Hercules CC-130 aircraft 50 feet (15 metres) the fastest.

The winning team, 435 Maintenance Squadron, did it in 13.75 seconds, winning the right to represent 17 Wing to the United Way's annual Plane Pull fundraiser on September 21 at Red River College Stevenson Campus in Winnipeg.

They'll be one of several teams testing their might against either a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (40,000 kg) or a Boeing 727 (86,000 kg).

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