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Pacific Rim finds permanent home for decommissioned Boeing 737

By Drew Della Valle

Decommissioned 737 now on display at Boeing's museum in Seattle
Decommissioned 737 now on display at Boeing's museum in Seattle

In June 2012, the Pacific Rim Region transferred a decommissioned 737 from NASA to the Washington State Agency for Surplus Property. The state agency in turn donated the aircraft to the Boeing Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. It became part of a permanent display highlighting Boeing's aircraft manufacturing history in Seattle.

Boeing was interested in this particular model because it is one of the few examples of a very well conditioned 737 left flying. The plane had been used by NASA for atmospheric research, as well as early astronaut training. The value of the donation was more than $10 million.

Lifecycle management of government assets like aircraft is an integral part of GSA's sustainability strategy to achieve zero waste in government. Its Personal Property Management division is chartered to manage the transfer, reuse, donation, and sales of excess government personal property assets, with the goal of yielding the greatest return on investment to the taxpayer, at the least cost to our environment.

The Pacific Rim's personal property team not only handles office equipment, vehicles, and computer equipment among other things, they also serve as GSA’s national center of expertise for aircraft disposal and sales.

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