The 7th Annual Benefit for National MS Society's Plane Pull will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The "MS Plane Pull" benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society opens the popular Aeronautical Expo weekend held annually at Portland International Jetport.
Teams of 25 people position themselves along a tow rope attached to a FedEx 757 aircraft, and attempt to pull over 72 tons of airplane 12 feet. In addition to first, second, and third place there are special competitive classes for military, law enforcement, fire departments, and breweries/brew pubs.
Special awards for Team Spirit, the Slowest Pull and overall event winner with the fastest pull and most money raised are also presented. Each team must raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate. The MS Plane Pull in 2010 attracted more than 300 participants and raised more than $15,000 for MS education, support, advocacy, and services in Maine, plus national MS research efforts.