A retired Boeing 727 is making its last flight for FedEx today to Mather Field as it transitions into a new career as a stationary training aircraft for first-responders.
The cargo jet lands on a flight from Texas to Mather about 10:15 a.m. today where it will be greeted on the tarmac by arcs of water from fire engines as it finishes its last flight for FedEx. The delivery company selected Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to receive the plane.
The donated aircraft will be used at the California Fire and Rescue Training Authority's Regional Training Center under development on Zinfandel Drive. Fire and police agencies from the Sacramento region and beyond will be able to train using the aircraft.
"It can be used by a variety of different agencies," said Michelle Eidam, firefighter and spokeswoman for Sac Metro Fire. "It can be used for fire rescue operations or for mass casualty incident training. Law enforcement can use it for SWAT training or canine training."
The aircraft will be moved around October to the training site. Eidam said the move will require modifications, but she did not know if wings would have to be removed or what the rolling route would be from Mather Field to Zinfandel Drive.