FedEx Donates Boeing 727 to Aviation Technology DivisionThe University of Alaska Anchorage will soon welcome a new addition to its Aviation Technology Division with the donation of a Boeing 727 airliner from FedEx. Over the past decade, FedEx has made it a corporate practice to assist schools, museums and airport fire departments by donating jets to support their educational missions.
The jet, which took its first flight on Feb. 14, 1979, will be housed at the UAA Aviation Technology Center at Merrill Field Airport. The plane will no longer fly, but will be used by students in the UAA Community & Technical College's aviation maintenance technology program for hands-on training as they learn transport category aircraft maintenance. The 727, dubbed "Two Bears," is named after the now-grown son of Hugo Yturralde, a FedEx manager in Anchorage for more than 28 years.
An aircraft landing ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Merrill Field Airport. Due to limited parking, the university has made arrangement for members of the public to view the airplane landing from the Northway Mall parking lot.
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