Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson was among the officers on hand to take the elderly flyer into custody at Gowen Field. Pilots were instructed to use a secure runway just south of the main airport to avoid other passengers and not interfere with normal airport operations.
Not only were there coppers and a contingent of firefighters with a crash truck on hand to handle the arrival, Mayor Dave Bieter also made an appearance.
The “frequent flyer” will be permanently located at the 5,000 ft runway used mostly for Air Guard training. Team Dave may not have gotten a train, but thanks to a donation from Fed-Ex the city now has an airplane. It’s a 31 year old third-hand Boeing 727 to use for police and fire training exercises.
The engines and all fluids will be removed from the craft. It will serve as a training tool for removing passengers from confined areas, evacuations, and staging of emergency vehicles at crash scenes.
Guardian Editor Dave Frazier was honored to be the first Boisean to sit in the pilot seat of the city’s newest toy. Two Bird Colonels from the Idaho National Guard marked the occasion with salutes as Frazier “deplaned.”
One observer remarked, “Surely you can’t think this is funny.”
Frazier responded, “Of course it’s funny. And don’t call me Shirley.”
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