WMU News

WMU lands 747 gift from Northwest Airlines

Feb. 3, 2000

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- A B747-100, will arrive at the College of Aviation's facilities in Battle Creek at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, after making its final flight as part of Northwest Airlines.

The plane is being given by Northwest to the college for use in its aviation programs. Transfer of the Boeing-built plane's ownership marks the first known gift of a 747 to any college or university.

A 1 p.m. news conference has been scheduled in the large hangar of the College of Aviation's Aircraft Maintenance Center to detail the gift and the college's future use of the plane.

Taking part in the event will be: George A. Franklin, newly elected chair of the Board of Trustees; President Elson S. Floyd; Northwest's Bill Wade, vice president for line maintenance operations; Douglas Rothwell, president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.; Ted Dearing, mayor of Battle Creek; and Northwest Capt. Chris Blenderman, a 1977 graduate of WMU's aviation program.

Attending the event also will be a number of area legislators, Northwest executives, state and area aviation officials, Battle Creek city and economic development leaders, and representatives of the university.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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