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FedEx donates Boeing 727 to airport

Retired aircraft to be used for training for Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting department

The Albany Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting department will now use this retired FedEx aircraft for training purposes.

The Albany Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting department will now use this retired FedEx aircraft for training purposes. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

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— While looking for an aircraft the Albany Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) department, emergency response agencies and law enforcement agencies could train on, the $9.9 million price was sky high.

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Luckily, FedEx has been donating retired airplanes since 1995 and decided to spread its wings to the Albany International Airport. On Thursday, Nov. 8, FedEx officials turned over a Boeing 727 to the ARFF department. The airplane, which was manufactured in 1978, has been with FedEx since 1990. It has experienced 450,866 flight hours and 30,007 landings.

"Our goal is for this aircraft to provide hands-on training," David Cook, airport fire chief, said.

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