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Published January 23, 2014, 07:54 PM

NCTC receives one of Delta's DC-9 to add to their aviation program

Northland Technical College in Thief River Falls added to their aircraft fleet Thursday. Delta Airlines donated a DC-9 to the school's aviation program.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Northland Technical College in Thief River Falls added to their aircraft fleet Thursday. Delta Airlines donated a DC-9 to the school's aviation program.

This donation is one of many that Northland has taken in over the years. In fact, a majority of the school's fleet is made up of these types of donations.

The new addition landed at the Thief River Falls Regional airport Thursday afternoon. The plane will go to the school's aviation maintenance technology program. No other school in the state has such a program and there aren't many left in the country. It took the school, with the help of Senator Amy Klobuchar 2 years to get Delta to donate the plane.

James Retka, Dean Of Career And Technical Education said, "Aircraft like this are very expensive and a small college like ours simply wouldn't have the resources to acquire this state of the art technology that's so valuable to our college program."

The school is already looking for more donations to add to their UAS classes.

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