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09 Oct 2012

FedEx Express Donates 727 to Spartan!

P1030402-300x225August 21, 2012 – A Boeing 727-200F aircraft from FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.     (NYSE: FDX) was donated at the North Campus at Tulsa International Airport. College and  Community leaders gathered to celebrate this generous donation to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.  A tour of the aircraft followed its arrival.

“As we retire this 727 from our fleet, we are proud to give back to the aviation community,” said David Sutton, managing director of Aircraft Acquisition and Sales for FedEx. “The donation of this aircraft by FedEx is just one example of the many ways we support educational endeavors, reflecting the community spirit shared by all FedEx employees in the communities where we live and work.”

He noted the “hands-on training value” the large freighter will provide to Spartan College’s Aviation Maintenance, Avionics, Nondestructive Testing and Quality Control Program.

Mr. Gibson, Spartan President, stated, “The donation of this airframe by FedEx for training use at Spartan is not only the largest single donation provide to Spartan but the most significant. The donation provides Spartan students with industry-current large transport training education and experience needed to help propel them in their career. The donation allows Spartan to continue over 84 years leading the industry in aviation training excellence for many years ahead.”

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology 

Founded in 1928, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, with over 90,000 graduates, is one of the world’s largest and well known aviation colleges. Spartan training facilities span over 247,000 square feet located on three campuses and two local airports; Tulsa International Airport and Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport. Spartan provides hands-on professional technology training for aviation maintenance, avionics maintenance, nondestructive testing and quality control, offering diploma, associate degree and bachelor degree options. Spartan is also an industry leader providing professional FAA 141 and 61 flight training. For more information, visit www.spartan.edu.

Video of ceremony and published press:

Video on YouTube

Tulsa World Article

Fox23 News Story