FedEx bid a final farewell to its last Boeing 727 aircraft as it touched down Friday at the FedEx Express World Hub at Memphis International Airport .
Over 1,000 employees and guests gathered to watch the final landing of the Boeing 727, which was being retired after 35 years in service.
"Today marks a milestone in FedEex history as we say farewell," said Fed Smith, FedEx founder and CEO. "At one time we were the world's largest operator of the 727. A long time employee told one of the communication folks, 'you know on the day when I saw a 727 I knew FedEx was going to make it.' The 727 sets the stage for us to grow from a start up into the world's largest air cargo and air express company."
FedEx upgraded from Falcon jets, Which held limited cargo in 1978 after Congress changed airline laws.
Many of the Boeing 727s will be donated to aircraft maintenance schools, fire departments, and the Children's Museum of Memphis.
The Boeing 727 line will be replaced by the 767 model, which will reduce emissions and fuel consumption.