Teams pull FedEx plane to raise money for Old Glory Honor Flight

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GREENVILLE, Wis. (WBAY-TV) Teams took to the Appleton International Airport runway Saturday to pull a 200 thousand pound Fedex plane.

The purpose wasn't to show off their muscle, rather; to help raise money for the Old Glory Honor Flight.

"Plane pull's rough," Desert Veteran Cal Stammer said. "We did absolutely horrible last year, but this year we came in with a strategy."

With teamwork the wheels turned and so did the support for the Northeast Wisconsin Old Glory Honor Flight.

"We are sending veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that have been built in their honor," said Lorraine Van Kampen, Vice President of Old Glory Honor Flight.

Action 2 News has taken the Honor Flight trip including the Generations Honor Flight in DC from 2017.

"I was one of the Dessert Vets that was selected to chaperone on the 40th flight," Stammer said. "And it absolutely changed my life with the veteran that I connected with."

Last year marked the first plane pull for Old Glory Honor Flight at Appleton Airport. It raised $75 thousand dollars. This year's goal was to raise $85 thousand dollars.

"We've had teams of 20 from all over northeast Wisconsin come out," Appleton Airport Director Abe Weber said. "We're just excited how the community has stepped up to come and support our veterans."

The money raised will go towards an Honor Flight.

It costs about $75 grand for one whole trip.

"To help get our veterans their tour of honor," said Van Kampen.