|The Boeing 727 donated by FedEx will be used in the Aviation Technology Division's|
aviation maintenance program. Photo by Erin Hooley, UAA photographer.
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, around 2 p.m., a Boeing 727 donated by FedEx, landed at Merrill Field Airport in Anchorage after its short flight from the Ted Stevens International Airport. The pilots of the 727 completed two flyovers before landing at Anchorage’s in-town runway.
Public viewing of the landing was available from the Northway Mall parking lot, just off of Penland Parkway.
Over the past decade, FedEx has made it a corporate practice to assist schools, museums and airport fire departments by donating jets to support their educational missions.
The donated Boeing 727 airliner will be used in the aviation maintenance program at UAA. The jet that UAA is receiving took its first flight on Feb. 14, 1979. It will be housed at the Community & Technical College's Aviation Technology Center at Merrill Field Airport. The plane will no longer fly, but will be used by students for hands-on training as they learn transport category aircraft maintenance. The 727, dubbed “Two Bears,” is named after the now-grown son of Hugo Yturralde, a FedEx manager in Anchorage for more than 28 years.
Watch the much-anticipated landing!
Anchorage Daily News
- Photos: 727 lands at Merrill Field
- Video: A smooth landing at Merrill Field (2:02)
- Video: FedEx 727 lands at Merrill Field (33 sec.)