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DEF Pulling For A Purpose

When: December 16, 2017 || 10am - 2pm ET
Where: Dare County Regional Airport (Manteo Airport)
Benefiting: Dare Education Fundation
Registration Fee: $250.00 (Up to 5 people/team)


Think you can pull a 47,000 lb plane? Gather a team of your 4 closest friends and you'll have a chance to prove it!

Each team will have an opportunity to pull the Spirit of Freedom (a Douglas C-54). The team with the fastest pull in each category (Schools, Businesses, Churches/Civic and Community Groups, First Responders/Military and Other) wins. There will also be an award for the team with the fastest pull overall and the team with the best costumes.

Spectators and cheerleaders are encouraged and you may bring your lawn chairs! Participants may wear team gear and/or costumes! And, there will be food, fun and family activities to enjoy throughout the event and after.

Gates open at 9am and all teams will be required to check-in and complete a liability waiver prior to pulling. Participants under the age of 18 will need their parent or guardian to sign the liability release for them.

*Special thanks to the Dare County Regional Airport, the Dare County Airport Authority, the Berlin Airlift Historical Association and pilot, Tim Chopp.

Sponsorships are still available. Contact Elisabeth at 252-255-5545 for more information.

The Challenger... Weighing in at 47,000 POUNDS!


Founded in 1988, the Foundation has obtained and restored to flying condition, a Douglas C-54E transport aircraft, which helped support the C-54's which carried out this great mission. Named "SPIRIT OF FREEDOM", the aircraft is painted to represent the 48th Troop Carrier Squadron, one of the many groups which carried out the event. Inside, the "SPIRIT", is a genuine museum dedicated to the Berlin Airlift, filled with artifacts, displays, and information explaining this all important event in recent history.

Manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company S/N 27370 and delivered to the Army Air Corps in March of 1945 as 44-9144. She was then part of a transfer of 25 C-54E's to the United States Navy and recieved a BuNo of 90414 on May 30, 1945. She then took on the designation of R5D-4.

Special Thanks

The Berlin Airlift Historical Association

The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory and legacy of the greatest humanitarian/aviation event in history, The Berlin Airlift. Our Mission is to preserve this memory by preserving several aircraft used in the great event and creating "Flying Memorials and Classrooms" with the purpose of educating the public about this pivotal, yet forgotten, event in world history.

Dare County Regional Airport

The Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) is owned by the County of Dare and operated by a nine member Airport Authority that oversees the airport's daily operations. MQI utilizes two runways (5-23) and (17-35) with radio controlled lighting.

Dare County Airport Authority

The Dare County Airport Authority shall seek to improve the economy, safety and welfare of Dare County and shall endeavor to be the leading provider of Airport Services in Eastern North Carolina.

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