FedEx to donate Boeing 727 to Everett Community College

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Students learning airplane mechanics at Everett Community College will soon have a Boeing 727 to practice on.

The Everett Herald reports that FedEx is donating a plane to the college. The freighter is due to arrive Thursday at the school's Aviation Maintenance Technician School at Paine Field. The handoff ceremony will be attended by FedEx officials and Gov. Jay Inslee.

Aviation school director Dave Bowen says the donated 727 freighter will be the largest plane in the EvCC aviation maintenance program. Until now, curriculum about larger airplanes was presented in the classroom, with textbooks and on computers.

This is the 76th 727 FedEx has donated over the past few years to aviation schools, community airports and fire departments for training purposes. The cargo company retired its last 727 from the fleet earlier this summer. It's replacing the 727s with Boeing 757 freighters.