The public will be invited onto the ground of Dulles Airport on Saturday to get a close-up look at aircraft and airport activities and to watch teams from around the region compete in the annual Plane Pull.

The Dulles Day Festival is returning after two years of COVID cancelations. The event features a display of vintage, modern and military aircraft, a classic car show, fire truck rides, mobile lounge airport tours, community exhibitors, food and beverage sales and music performances.

The centerpiece of the event is the Plane Pull, which has raised more than $3 million to support Special Olympics since its founding in 1992.

The Plane Pull features teams of 25 people competing to pull a 82-ton FedEx Airbus A320 or United Boeing 757 airplane over a 12-foot course in the shortest time. 

The free event has attracted crowds of more than 10,000 in past years.

Gates open at 10:30 Sept. 17 and close at 3:30 p.m. Upon arrival at the airport, follow the “event parking” signs. 

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