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Originally published Friday, July 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

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FedEx donates a 727 to Everett CC

FedEx will make a special delivery weighing about 100,000 pounds to Everett Community College this month: an airplane.

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

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FedEx will make a special delivery weighing about 100,000 pounds to Everett Community College this month: an airplane.

The express freight company is donating one of its newly retired Boeing 727 jets to the college so students can get hands-on training in airplane maintenance and repair.

Since 2007, FedEx has been replacing its aging 727 freighter fleet with 757s. After 35 years of operating the 727, it finally retired the last one in June.

At 153 feet from nose to tail with a wingspan of 108 feet, the FedEx jet will be the largest plane in the college’s Aviation Maintenance Technician School.

The school, which has 71 students enrolled during Summer quarter, is one of about 150 schools nationwide that train airframe and powerplant mechanics.

Gov. Jay Inslee and Everett Community College president David Beyer will celebrate the arrival of the airplane at Paine Field at 1:30 p.m. on July 25.

Over the past several years, FedEx has donated 76 of these Boeing jets for training purposes to aviation schools, colleges, local community airports and fire departments.

Dominic Gates: (206) 464-2963 or dgates@seattletimes.com

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