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Army Buys Boeing 777 to Blow It Up in Maryland

Army Buys Boeing 777 to Blow It Up in Maryland
A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777, hijacked while on a Jeddah-London flight, sits on the tarmac at Baghdad's Saddam International airport before taking off to Riyadh on Oct. 15, 2000. (Karim Sahib/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:23 PM

The Army paid $1.5 million for a retired Boeing 777 from Saudi Arabian Airlines so it can blow it up at a military test center in Maryland.

According to a recent report in The Drive, the transaction occurred between the Army and Clear Sky Aviation, an Arizona-based company that buys and sells airplanes and associated parts.

The Boeing 777-268ER has tail number HZ-AKF and will fly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland later this year. Clear Sky will strip some of the parts that are not in its contract with the Army, including the engines. After that, the Army plans to test how certain bombs impact airplanes.

Also included in the contract are four cargo sections from Boeing 747 jumbo jets.

The Aberdeen Test Center "intends to use the aircraft solely for destructive testing purposes and agrees that it will not allow the aircraft, nor any of its component parts, to be used on any other aircraft by any party," a contracting document read, according to The Drive.

The jet has been sitting in storage since August 2017.

This is not the first time the U.S. government has obtained airplanes for the purpose of blowing them up. Data gleaned from these tests gives investigators and other stakeholders insight into how airplanes react to explosions. That can ultimately help airplane manufacturers make safer jets and the Department of Homeland Security more aware of what to screen passengers for in airports.

The Saudi Arabian plane will likely be part of least risk bomb location (LRBL) testing, which involves determining the safest place for flight crews to put an unexploded bomb or other explosive.

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The Army paid $1.5 million for a retired Boeing 777 from Saudi Arabian Airlines so it can blow it up at a military test center in Maryland.
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