Well, another first for Fox Valley Technical College this week…our Boeing 727 was moved from the far northwest corner of the Outagamie County Regional Airport as close as possible to its new home at the Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) on the far southeast corner. You may recall that about 18 months ago FedEx made the extraordinarily generous donation of this aircraft to the College for conducting a variety of training exercises at the PSTC once that facility is operational. The airport has been wonderful about essentially “holding” this rather large piece of equipment for us until we can move it to the permanent location.
As you’ll see in a few of the photos I’ve attached, airport personnel used a typical aircraft tow for a portion of this trip. Then our staff got creative and brought in two more terrific partners, Service Motor Company and Case IH, with one of their big Case IH tractors to finish the job. This appears to be a bit of a take-off on the commercial where the Toyota Tundra pick-up truck tows the space shuttle Endeavor. It certainly provided for an interesting media event!
Special thanks to our aviation maintenance instructor, Dennis Moehn, who took the pilot’s seat in the aircraft for this move and to Corey Lee, instructional aide in agriculture, for driving the tractor. As I looked through all the photos from this move, clearly there were some tense moments and very tight maneuvers in getting this done. Interesting thing about Fox Valley Technical College…we always seem to have the personnel, expertise, partners and/or equipment to get virtually any job done!
This was just one more step toward getting everything in place at the PSTC, which is making remarkable progress. I’ve also attached a few photos on the current state of this facility. Can’t wait for this project to be finished during the last few months of 2014; it’s going to be incredible.