LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx will be used by Sowela Technical Community College to provide experience for students in an aircraft maintenance technician program.
The plane was used to carry cargo for 17 years by FedEx. It was built in 1966 and was used by United Airlines until FedEx bought it. The plane has accumulated more than 68,000 hours of flight time.
"We have been training mechanics to work on aircraft since 1969, but have never had an aircraft in the air transport category," said Glenn Carter, head of Sowela's Aviation Maintenance Technology Department.
Carter said students will use the plane to learn how to "taxi on the ground, start the engine, and learn flight-control and cabin-pressurization systems. There are 33 students in the maintenance technician program.
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"We have been training mechanics to work on aircraft since 1969, but have never had an aircraft in the air transport category."
Workers carefully dismantle aircraft for move to Broward Community College's Aviation Institute.
FedEx Express, based in Memphis, has donated a Boeing 727-100 aircraft to the program, which trains students to repair airplanes.
Since 2000, FedEx has donated 54 of its Boeing 727 aircraft to various organizations for educational purposes.