FedEx Express donates Boeing 727-200F to CBU Aviation Science Department

Photo by Grace Ferrell “Dr. Daniel Prather, founding chair of California Baptist University’s Aviation Science Department, expresses his gratitude to FedEx Express Jan. 10 for donating a Boeing 727-200F to CBU to use as a hands-on laboratory. Behind him stand Dr. Mark Wyatt (left), vice president of CBU Marketing and Communications, David Sutton (middle), managing director of Aircraft Acquisition and Sales for FedEx, and Mark S. Ripley, director of the Riverside Municipal Airport.”

FedEx Express donated a Boeing 727-200F aircraft Jan. 10 to California Baptist University’s Department of Aviation Science.

The plane made its final landing at Riverside Municipal Airport before taxiing through an arch of water, a symbolic gesture to mark the plane’s 33 years of successful flights.

After three decades spent in the air, the aircraft will now serve as a working laboratory for CBU’s aviation students to gain hands-on training.

The plane originally flew with AirCanada before carrying cargo across the United States with FedEx for 20 years. It marks FedEx’s 60th donation of a Boeing 727 plane for educational means.

— Full story to come in issue 7 of The Banner Jan.25

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