FedEx Express Support of Polk County Aviation Education Programs Being Recognized at Dedication of Boeing 727

400177_602011266479335_104634599_n.aspxSUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, FL. – April 11, 2013 SUN ‘n FUN is honored to have FedEx executives join local staff at the site of what has become the newest “classroom” on the SUN ‘n FUN campus.  On Friday, April 12, 2013, SUN ‘n FUN and FedEx Express will dedicate the Boeing 727 delivered in February 2013 to the SUN ‘n FUN Campus.  Join us for a brief ceremony at the FedEx plane at 1:00 p.m. on Runway 5 at the Taxiway on the east side of the event grounds.

The Boeing 727-200F aircraft operated byFedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has been moved closer to its permanent location where it will be an interactive classroom allowing students from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy and Polk State College to have hands on learning opportunities for required courses.  SUN ‘n FUN CEO and President, John R. “Lites” Leenhouts, commented that, “It is truly an honor for SUN ’n FUN to be recognized by the aviation industry giant FedEx as a credible air and space education center promoting the growth of aviation careers around the world. Their investment in SUN ’n FUN’s extensive year round education programs that create pilots and mechanics is a testament to FedEx’s commitment to the future of flight. We at SUN’ n FUN and Central Florida Aerospace Academy are proud to be their partner in this ambitious endeavor.”

“Donating this 727 aircraft for aviation training here in Polk County promises solid returns through the hands-on skills that will benefit many aviation students who one day will fill important jobs in our industry,” said Paul Cassel, senior vice president of FedEx Express Flight Operations.  “I am proud that FedEx sees the value of aviation programs and is able to give back to the communities where FedEx people live and work.”

FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, supports educational endeavors by donating Boeing 727-200 freighters to provide hands-on training with a large aircraft.  This marks the 62nd FedEx donation of a Boeing 727 aircraft to various organizations for educational purposes since 2000. Before its final flight, the aircraft provided FedEx with more than 20 years of service transporting packages to destinations throughout the United States.

At SUN ‘n FUN, the aircraft will remain fully functional allowing students on aviation career paths to explore the cockpit or the mechanical aspects of the plane.  The Florida Air Museum Center for Innovation and Exploration will be greatly enhanced by the Boeing 727 with two Pratt Whitney engines now at the forefront for students.  Lori Bradner, the Executive Director of Education at SUN  ‘n FUN stated, “This is a new era for STEM education and we are thrilled by the collaborative partnership with special permission given by FedEx to retain their name and colors on the aircraft alongside the SUN ‘n FUN logo.  We are proud to serve as the newest site for FedEx who has served as a leader in the aviation industry for over 40 years.  The aircraft is not only a learning tool but an inspiration for students of all ages in the Central Florida Aviation Corridor.”

Educators are invited to schedule field trips by calling SUN ‘n FUN at 863-644-2431.

About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $43 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand.  Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities.

About SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc.
SUN ‘n FUN is not only an annual event and Florida’s largest convention, it is a year-round commitment to the future of aviation.  Located at the Lakeland Linder Airport, the SUN ‘n FUN campus is the home of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy and the Florida Air Museum Center for Aviation Innovation and Exploration with educational training centers donated by the Tom Davis Foundation.  Active aviation programs include Polk State College courses, the Lakeland AeroClub, Civil Air Patrol, Future Eagles, flight training schools, and an arm of Junior Air Force ROTC.  STEMtastic ™ aerospace Saturday camps, Destination Aviation and STEMtastic ™ summer camps, Wings ‘n Things, Teacher In-Service workshops as well as public/private school aerospace outreach opportunities are offered year-round.  For more information about the education programs, contact Lori Bradner (863-904-4004 or

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