- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former American Airlines Boeing 727 will soon be added to the Kansas City Airline History Museum’s collection.

The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/28SeKdh ) reports that recent remodeling efforts at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, forced coordinators there to consider scrapping one of their two 727s. After learning of its possible fate, Airline History Museum Vice President of Operations John Roper said they made contact.

The Museum of Flight donated the plane in March.

According to Roper, the airplane, which is still in Seattle, is being readied to fly to Kansas City.

Though it sat in a museum for 13 years, Roper said the plane is in good shape. He hopes to have the plane in Kansas by Aug. 13.

“We’ve had all three engines started and idling so far,” Roper said. “All of the systems have come to life. So it looks like the ferry flight to get it back to Kansas City is coming up quickly.”

Once it completes its ferry flight, the plane will go on display at the museum, which will develop a program to keep it safe to fly. The aircraft also will be used for science, technology, engineer and mathematics educational programs to get children and teens interested in aviation.

“That’s one of our biggest problems in the aviation industry today,” Roper said. “Kids don’t have access to these airplanes. We want to give them that access.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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