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Athletes head home

July 28, 2010

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Team Vermont prepares to head home from the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

The Cessna Airlift (Click here to see all our coverage) began at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning and continued through 4:30 p.m. with more than 170 Cessna Citation aircraft flying roughly 800 Special Olympics athletes and their coaches to their homes across the country. It was the final send-off event of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.

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A Cessna Citation jet takes off from the Lincoln Airport carrying Special Olympic athletes as part of the Cessna Airlift.

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Florida Special Olympics athletes check in for their flight home. Florida was the first team to leave Saturday morning.

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Harrison Ford flies into Lincoln

July 18, 2010

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Athletes welcomed at reception



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Cessna airlift provides fun for all.

July 17, 2010

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Photo by Chelsey Criner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A local Lincoln man visits the Lincoln Children’s Museum’s display at the Cessana airlift on Saturday, July 17.



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Tennessee Pilot Brings Athletes

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Athletes arrived in Lincoln, Nebraska throughout Saturday, July 17, 2010, courtesy of the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift. Pilot Tony McMahon from Knoxville, Tennessee talks about his experience in this year’s airlift.



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Harrison Ford talks to the media

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Actor Harrison Ford arrived in Lincoln, Neb. at about 3:30 p.m bringing in Special Olympic athletes from New Mexico. He addressed the media at about 4:00 emphasizing the important role that general aviation plays in the community.



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CESSNA pilots volunteer their time

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Team Ohio prepared to take on nation

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Fans show support while welcoming athletes to Lincoln

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Fans, family, and friends helped to welcome Special Olympics athletes to the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games being held in Lincoln. Duncan Aviation hosted the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift on Saturday.

Photos by: Alanna Nunn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Athletes continue to arrive in Lincoln

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Eric Marlink arrives in Lincoln, Neb. at Duncan Aviation as a part of the Cessna Airlift. He is from Jenison, Mich. and will compete in football and soccer this week.

Photo by Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, Neb. – The athletes competing in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games arrive at Duncan Aviation. The Cessna Airlift takes place during a twelve hour time period. Citation planes donated by owners for the event land or take-off every 60 to 90 seconds.

Upon arrival, athletes are greeted by cheering volunteers and fans and welcomed to the state of Nebraska. Volunteers escort athletes into the Danley Building at Duncan Aviation.

Inside the Danley Building, athletes check-in and take in their surroundings. There is music and dancers and clowns perform for athletes. Homer, the mascot for the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball team, took photos with competitors as well. Athletes enjoy food and beverages supplied by sponsors before shuttles transport them to their living quarters on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

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A team from Minnesota happily arrives in Lincoln, Neb.

Photo by Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Michael Ream is all smiles as he is greeted by volunteers. Michael is from Transvillia, N.C.

Photo by Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Members of the Alabama team are greeted by fans.

Photo by Amanda Schutz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.



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