Fed Ex donates airplane Gideon to Sac City College's Aeronautics Division.
SACRAMENTO - Fed Ex made a very special delivery to Sacramento City College aeronautics students on Friday. The global delivery company donated a Boeing 727 airplane to the school's flight technology and aircraft maintenance department.
"We think of it as a laboratory with wings. This is so beneficial to the program it's hard to even express what that means to us, " said Phil Cypret, Chair and Teacher for Sacramento City College's Aeronautics Department.
Sacramento City College's Aeronautics Department at McClellan Park is mostly comprised of small, twin-engine planes. Fed Ex's 727 is the department's first full-sized airliner.
Fed Ex retired the 727 freighter, named "Gideon," from active service after 21 years of deliveries. The plane made its final flight from Virginia to Sacramento International Airport on Wednesday. On Friday, Fed Ex pilots flew the plane to McClellan where a crowd of cheering airplane enthusiast watched her touch down.
"To us it's worth two to three million dollars, that's what it would take us to get this on the open market," says Cypret who says students will start getting their first hands-on lessons on the plane next week.