One of two teams pulling a 757 aircraft at the SBD Fest Plane Pull

Two 116,000-pound airplanes were pulled across the tarmac at San Bernardino International Airport during the 3rd annual SBD Fest, Sunday. Oct. 22, raising over $2,000 for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH).

After a minute-and-a-half of pulling, the red team, comprised of San Bernardino County and Loma Linda Fire Departments, and representatives from LLUCH, took home bragging rights of pulling their plane the farthest.

The SB Strong Plane Pull welcomed two teams — the aforementioned red team, and the green team, made up of members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department. Each team lined up on 100-foot ropes attached to a 116,000 pound, 757 aircraft to compete to see who could pull the plane the farthest in 90 seconds.

Joining the SBFD and LLFD were four representatives from Loma Linda University Health: Rachelle Bussell, senior VP of advancement; Lyndon Edwards, senior VP/administrator of Loma Linda University Medical Center adult services; Joe Perry, assistant VP of finance at LLUCH; and Jillian Payne, assistant VP of philanthropy.

San Bernardino County Fire Captain Mike McClintock told the San Bernardino Sun that LLUCH was a cause worth pulling for.

“There’s always a friendly rivalry between police and fire, but we’re partners in public safety and here to help each other out no matter what,” McClintock said.