Aviation students from Griffith University pull a DC3 along the Bundaberg Airport runway.
Aviation students from Griffith University pull a DC3 along the Bundaberg Airport runway. Mike Knott

Teams tackle plane for charity

IT WAS a battle of brute strength at Bundaberg Airport yesterday, when 15 teams competed to see who could pull an enormous DC3 aircraft 20m in the shortest time.

The Leukaemia Foundation fundraiser was a smashing success, with more than $20,000 raised for the charity.

Event organiser Pat Hooper said the friendly competition was taken out by a team from City Fit Gym who pulled the 10-tonne plane 20m in just 11.76 seconds.

“It was a very close competition,” Mrs Hooper said.

Team Laser came in second place, recording a time of 12.81 seconds.

But there were all kinds of winners on the day, with other awards going to the highest fundraisers.

Crossfit took out the fundraising challenge, raising $4010, while Warren Family Homes placed a close second on $4000, and the Cute and Cuddly Cabbies came in third, with $3874.

Mrs Hooper said the atmosphere at the event was plenty of fun, with strongman Tim O’Shea’s effort to pull the plane 10m by himself a big hit with the crowd.

She said some teams had done plenty of training – such as the Bundaberg Cab Company team, who tied three maxi-taxis together and pulled them for practice – while others had done any training at all.

“It’s a great event to lead in to the Wide Bay Australia International Airshow,” Mrs Hooper said.

“The teams were very supportive of each other.”

The winner’s prize purse was $1500, to be given to the charity of the team’s choice, with City Fit choosing to donate the prize to prostate cancer research.

Charity donations were also awarded to the second placegetter and the top two fundraisers, with all three donating their money back to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Mrs Hooper said this was the first time the plane pull had been held in Bundaberg.

“We’re hoping to do it as a regular thing in the lead-up to the air show,” she said.

The DC3 was flown in from Melbourne by pilot Alan Searle and it will remain here as part of the air show, which will be held from this Friday through to Sunday.



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