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Sep 14, 2019 - 10:30AM EDT
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Sep 14, 2019 - 04:00PM EDT

Each year for more than 26 years, Washington Dulles International offers a free, one-day open house for thousands of visitors to experience aviation up close.

The day begins early with the 5K and 10K on the Runway race for registered participants. At 10:30 a.m., gates open to the airfield where a huge, free festival awaits all visitors. The signature event is the Plane Pull, a friendly competition featuring teams of 25 people trying to pull a full-size jet aircraft - weighing 82 tons - a distance of 12 feet in the fastest time. Spectators are encouraged to cheer and take photographs. Proceeds from fund-raising activities benefit Special Olympics Virginia.

Dulles Day includes: 

  • Up to 2,500 participants in a 5K and 10K run (7:30 - 9 a.m.)
  • Nearly 100 teams in the Plane Pull event, including defending champion Chesapeake, Virginia, Sheriff's Office
  • TWO planes being pulled - one from FedEx and the other from United Airlines - kicking off at 11 a.m.
  • Kids' Truck Pull competition
  • An "International Row" immediately inside the entrance gate, with exhibits focusing on travel
  • Current and vintage aircraft on display
  • Classic car show with around 50 cars and motorcycles on display
  • Airfield tours aboard the famous Dulles Mobile Lounges for $1 per ride
  • Kids play area with bounce houses, truck pull and dunk-a-cop tank
  • "Trackless Train" running back and forth to carry attendees along the length of the site
  • Equipment displays by Airports Authority Police, Fire and Rescue and Maintenance
  • Airports Authority Fire Truck rides for a $5 donation to Special Olympics
  • Hourly police K-9 demonstrations
  • Food and beverages from several vendors and food trucks available for purchase - list coming soon!

Aircraft Displays

  • P-51, “Quicksilver”
  • P-51, “Swamp Fox”
  • T-28 (2)
  • Stearman (3)
  • T-6 (2)
  • L-5
  • TBM, Avenger
  • L-39, Albatross
  • Dash 8
  • Bell 500D
  • C-17, Globemaster
  • A400M
  • A-10 (2), Warthog
  • P-3, CBP
  • T-38 (2) Talon
  • CH-53E, Sea Stallion
  • T-1
  • MV-22B, Osprey
  • 15 General Aviation aircraft

Food Vendors

  • Flying Moo's
  • Asian Fusion Elite
  • Nader's 
  • Two Smooth Dudes (gourmet Tater Tots)
  • International Grill Co.
  • Snowie of Virginia
  • The Frenchman 
  • Ritas
  • MacBrand Foods
  • Chuys
  • Merones
  • Saleh’s Treats
  • Dippin Dots

Admission and parking are FREE. Arrive via the Dulles Airport Access Highway and keep right, following electronic "Event Parking" signs to free lots with shuttle buses. All lots and buses are accessible for the disabled. The last shuttle bus to the event site is 3:15 p.m.

Getting there from the Silver Line: A free "Plane Pull" shuttle for festival patrons will be available beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 14 at the Wiehle/Reston East station's Silver Line Express bus stop. The free shuttle service will conclude when the festival closes for the day, with the last shuttle bus taking visitors to the event site at 3:00 p.m.

Do not bring: Backpacks, large bags, coolers or weapons. Leave them in your car or at home. No pets allowed (except service animals). Enforcement will be strict at the entrance gate. Cameras are allowed and encouraged!