DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — One plane has made thousands of special deliveries over the years, but never one quite like the one it made Thursday.
“People said really it can’t happen,” says Beavercreek School Board member Jo Ann Rigano. “It did happen.”
The journey of this FedEx delivery first started when Rigano saw a tweet advertising an item she thought was a must-have.
“I’m thinking I want to get one for us too,” Rigano says. “Why not?”
The plane’s arrival was greeted with the kind of fanfare normally reserved for heads of state or rock stars.
“It’s probably worth $800,000 to $1 million,” says David Sutton, Director for FedEx Aircraft Acquisitions and Sales.
The Beavercreek band warmed up the crowd and students screamed as the plane pulled up.
“It’s a really cool idea to have one,” says Abby Roderer.
So what kind of cargo was the plane carrying?
None. The gift was the plane itself.
The 41-year old plane is being retired by FedEx, so the company donated it to the Beavercreek schools to turn into a classroom.
“That’s where we need to be because when [students] are involved hands-on with real life experiences not only is it meaningful, not only do they learn but they retain what they learn,” Rigano says.
FedEx has donated about 100 retired planes over the years.
The idea is for this one to be a regional draw for students of all ages interested in math, science and technology.
“Education is the key to the future of our aviation and aerospace sciences so we’re thrilled to be able to partner in such a way,” Sutton says.
The plane is expected to be ready for students in about a year or two. It will be located somewhere on Wright State’s campus, but the exact spot has yet to be determined.