Speedbudgie From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 112 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3741 times:
I was flying in to SJC the other day and finally got a good look at the 727 that is parked over by the general aviation side of the airport. This plane is wearing San Jose State University titles, though has obviously not been anywhere in quite a while. What is the story behind this plane? Why does/did SJSU use a 727? Any info would be appreciated.
I did do a search and found a brief thread from 2002 with some info, but I was wondering if there where any folks out there with more info.
SFO212 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3678 times:
The B-727 is a 100 series that was donated to San Jose State by United when it was retired back in the early 90s. I saw it delivered to SJSU, it did a fly by before coming in and landing. United was nice enough to paint the aircraft in the SJSU colors. A few weeks later, the engines were removed from the aircraft. SJSU, Aviation Department, used the aircraft for students to learn the systems of the 727. I believe UAL also donated a 727 to City College of San Francisco and another school.
Now because San Jose International is wanting to expand the Aviation Department will be closed and they are looking to get rid of the 727.
Silver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4924 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3583 times:
The SJSU Aviation department has been in a lot of turmoil in recent years. The airport expansion may play a roll, but corruption in the department leadership has just torn it apart. I attended a meeting last year about the future of the program since I was once interested in attending the aviation program and the meeting basically turned into a heated forum with fingers being pointed. Many unhappy folks...
[Edited 2005-05-14 20:35:50]
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
Sfo212 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3483 times:
I know that the University itself hasn't really supported the Aviation Department that much in the past. True there are only a small number of students enrolled in the department, but it is a very specialized field. I think the University leadership is the one behind the demise of the Aviation Department. Most of the instructors there have been of the highest quality.