speedbudgie
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San Jose State University 727

Sat May 14, 2005 5:42 pm

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.

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sfo212
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RE: San Jose State University 727

Sat May 14, 2005 11:42 pm

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.
 
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RE: San Jose State University 727

Sat May 14, 2005 11:53 pm

Quoting SFO212 (Reply 1):
believe UAL also donated a 727 to City College of San Francisco and another school.

The other school was Purdue.

Quoting SFO212 (Reply 1):
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.

That is a shame that they are closing the school.
 
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RE: San Jose State University 727

Sun May 15, 2005 3:34 am

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]
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sfo212
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RE: San Jose State University 727

Sun May 15, 2005 7:06 am

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.
 
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RE: San Jose State University 727

Sun May 15, 2005 7:10 am

NW donated at least one DC9 and one 727 to Northland Community College in TVF.

http://www.northland.cc.mn.us/aviation/default.htm
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