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Retired Into Educational Service, Former FedEx Plane Gets ‘Airtime’ on WNEP


Sullivan's son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.
Sullivan’s son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.
While work continues on the "degrees that work" tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college's instructional fleet.
While work continues on the “degrees that work” tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college’s instructional fleet.
The multimedia journalist captures "B-roll" footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.
The multimedia journalist captures “B-roll” footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.
Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.
Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.

As a donated Boeing 727 nears the end of a two-month makeover, Newswatch 16 reporter Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center on Wednesday to prepare a story about the monumental exterior work on the former FedEx transport plane. Taping her segment outside the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Papa interviewed Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Kevin P. Sullivan, lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, about both the “wrap” project and the long-term curricular applications for aviation students. The piece initially was broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on WNEP.

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