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6 Aviation Maintenance^ |^^ |^ June / July 2016 Aviation Electronics Europe 24-27 April 2017 Munich, Germany

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport recently hosted a Delta
Air Lines annual event which celebrates survivors, honors caregivers
and supports loved ones facing cancer. The “Delta Jet Drag” event
raises money for the American Cancer Society (ACS). For 14 years,
Delta has partnered with ACS and this year the airline is raising the bar,
setting a fundraising goal of $1.7 million.
Nearly 2,000 Delta Air Lines employees, making up 94 teams of
20 people, competed by “dragging” a Delta 757 twenty feet in the
shortest amount of time. Delta TechOps employees set up the event
moving the 83.5-ton aircrafts into position for the competitors.
Te a m “ F i n i s h t h e F i g h t , ” m a d e u p o f 1 9 c a n c e r s u r v i v o r s a n d
caregivers brought in a ringer, WWE superstar and TODAY show
guest host John Cena to add extra muscle for the drag. A group from
Delta TechOps celebrated Cena’s support by creating a wrestling
championship belt unlike any other for the entertainer. The belt, made
out of carbon fiber, fan blades and a handcrafted leather strap, named
Cena the “Champion of Hope.”
“Every person has been touched by cancer in some way, so the
Jet Drag is our chance to make a difference in the fight against this
terrible disease,” said Carol Henson, manager – voluntary protection
programs, corporate safety. “We had the idea of using a plane pull to
get folks excited and raise funds. What started as 22 teams now has

over 90 groups of 20 pulling for hope.”
Delta CEO Ed Bastian pulled alongside “Team Hope,” comprised
of Delta people who are cancer survivors or caregivers representing
divisions and stations across Delta’s global operation.
Thanks to the Jet Drag and other Delta events, Delta employees
have raised more than $1 million to support the ACS this year bringing
them closer to their goal.

Delta Employees Pull 757 for a Cure in Jet Drag 2016

WWE superstar and TODAY show guest host John Cena helps Delta TechOps
employees "drag" a Delta 757 to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
A TechOps group presented Cena with a belt made of fan blades and carbon
fi b e r i n a p p r e c i a t i o n f o r h i s s u p p o r t. Delta TechOps images.

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