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Donations of Old Airliners Provide Alternative to Scrapping

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Continuing a trend among operators of older aircraft, Delta Air Lines has recently donated a CRJ100 to Purdue University for use as a training tool according to this photo. The aircraft, N954CA, was the 100th CRJ built by Bombardier and was delivered to Comair in January 1996 according to Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database. The aircraft has been stored in Kingman, Arizona, since January 2012. It is understood that the aircraft will replace Purdue's ex-FedEx 727 currently being used as a training aid as the CRJ100 offers a more modern design and smaller size.
 
A dedication ceremony is expected to take place on October 7th.
 
FedEx, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines have all donated used jetliners to various institutions across the US in recent years. FedEx has dominated this trend, donating approximately 64 727s since 2001. With the influx of new fuel-efficient airliners and the lack of a strong parts market for some older types, this trend is expected to continue.
 
 
A ex-FedEx 727 has found a new life as a training aid for students at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Arkansas. N267FE is just one of many retired airliners dotting airports around the U.S.
 
Photo credit: Brian Bostick

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