Aircraft Maintenance and Teaching Tools

FedEx made a contribution to Seattle’s Museum of Flight: a section of a 727 fuselage that gives a view into a cargo aircraft.
It is an example of how the airlines give back to the aviation community by donating sections or entire aircraft to the aviation learners of America. That isn’t limited to one group, but the separate organizations that call aviation their home.
Airlines like FedEx and AirTran have donated older model aircraft like the 727 and DC9 to aviation schools. These aircraft serve to familiarize maintenance students with high flight time aircraft; airliners that would still fly today if they were younger with less cycles. But these planes haven’t lost their value to the instructors who use the static models to train on everything from rigging to hydraulic repairs; from electrical troubleshooting to fuel cell inspections.
Airlines and the military donate old workhorses to airports for anti-terrorist training, aircraft fire practice and hazardous training. These selfless gifts allow multiple shifts of workers and numerous first response teams access to the real deal to practice the art of saving lives. These contributions are priceless.
And then there are the donations, like the 727 to the Seattle Museum of Flight; these are just fun; the chance for an aviation enthusiast, e.g. future pilot or mechanic, to discover a world that I cut my teeth on; a career that I loved every minute of: air cargo.
I know what I’m going to see the next time I’m in Seattle.

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