By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA, Pa (CBS) — Hundreds of US Airways employees put their work aside for a few hours today to take part in the company’s eighth annual jet pull competition.

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Teams of 20 people took turns tugging on a rope attached to the 50-ton aluminum, steel, and titanium Philadelphia Eagles team jet.

For the competitors it was an exhilarating ten second burst of muscle and adrenaline.

“It felt like I just pulled some weight off myself. I feel a thousand pounds lighter,” one of the participants said.

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The event is designed in part to build morale, but more importantly, says US Airways VP Bob Ciminelli, the goal is to raise money for charity.

“It’s a competition between our three hubs, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Phoenix. We have over 30 teams here today. It’s $200 a team, and we donate to the United Way of Philadelphia and New Jersey. Our company goal is $1.4 million.”

There’s also the goal of bragging rights. The winning team generally clocks in with a time of a little over four seconds.

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