Students in Middle Tennessee State University’s aerospace maintenance program will be taking their training up a few levels thanks to Southwest Airlines’ generous donation of a turbofan airplane engine.
The 4,300-pound CFM56 engine, which was used on flying aircraft, was delivered a few weeks ago and will now be used to teach the Department of Aerospace maintenance management students about modern, high-bypass turbofan engines. Those engines “rule the skies today with regard to commercial transportation,” said Bill Allen, associate professor and coordinator of the Maintenance Management Program. Here’s a recap of the Oct. 4 unveiling at the MTSU Flight Operations Center maintenance hangar at Murfreesboro Airport:
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— Video by Jimmy Hart