A Community Involved Project
by White Gum Air Park
A Community Involved Project by White Gum Air Park
Boeing 737-200 restoration
Boeing 737-200 restoration

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Updates on the campaign to rescue and relocate two Boeing 737-200 in Perth Western Australia

Two Tales

Friday, December 08, 2017







The tail story ends happily in York. 
TOLL Heavy Haulage parked one of their low loaders at the airport for 4 days. During this time we loaded and secured the support stand to the trailer. Then with only a 'little' trepidation we loaded both tails onto the stands.

On Monday morning TOLL arrived with the prime mover and wasted no time hitching up. The load was double secured, checked and checked again before we pulled out of the airport in the rain.

There were lots of drivers on the road doing a double take as they wondered what was on the back of this wide truck. Safely up Greenmount hill and through Mundaring we stopped and checked the load. So far so good.

Turning off at 'The Lakes' we just had to stop for a coffee. Handed out a few contact cards to the sightseer's and we were on the longest leg.

We stopped in York for a brief load check and obligatory photo before the narrowest part of the journey.

The gravel road would only permit a slow speed so there were plenty of photo and video opportunities. Its not often you see two 737 tails traversing a gravel road in the bush!

The narrow winding track through our neighbours property was a challenge, somewhat narrow for a low loader. For Mick our TOLL driver it was all in a days work. Expertly navigating the twists, turns potholes and wash aways.

As Mick turned into the runway the rain had disappeared. White Gum Farm assisted us with the unloading which went very smoothly. More than I can say for 600 horse-power of bogged prime mover and trailer! Garth the Grader came to the rescue and pulled Mick and Mack free.

Phew, what a day... Thanks heap TOLL.



Engine One

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The JT8D-15A is an axial flow front turbofan engine having a 13 stage split compressor, a nine can (can−annular) combustion chamber and a split four stage reaction−impulse turbine.
The engine is equipped with a full length annular fan discharge duct. Producing 15,500 lbs (7,030 Kg) of thrust each, making them capable of lifting 52 Tonnes of 737 into the air, with lots of noise and smoke.

Lovely stuff!


Despite being the responsible brute force of the aircraft the engine came away surprisingly easy.

Over 6m long, this is going to look impressive on the back of a truck!

Three more to go...

Volunteers Morning 4

Sunday, October 01, 2017


Our hard working volunteers making thing happen.
Successful lowering of the vertical stabiliser from VH-OZU. We now have all vertical and horizontal stabilizers safely on the ground.


Thousands of screws have been removed to date just to access the main structure of the aircraft, here we have the wing to fuselage cowling finally giving in to the gentle persuasion of our volunteers.
 
The Bees are back. A new swarm of bees descended on the recently removed tail and decided to call it home. Taking up residence in what remains of the honeycomb.

Volunteers Morning 3

Saturday, August 05, 2017
 27 Volunteers enjoyed a varying range of work.

Our new (old) engine cradle got some TLC and can now be adjusted with ease.
Almost ready to be rolled under the engines, when we get some new (old) tyres. 
 Success!
Volunteers successfully removed the right hand fuselage to wing cowling.This is where just some of those screws you have heard of are installed.
Some screws were obliging and came out easily,
some were stubborn and were drilled out,
and of course a couple (in the most difficult of locations) needed other forms of friendly persuasion

As a 737-200 volunteer,
You can get into all sorts of places... 

This is the IT department, the main computer room. You wont find WiFi in here...

Horizontal Stabiliser 01

Friday, August 04, 2017
  Separation of the horizontal stabiliser.
Removal was a lot easier than we feared.
With prior planning and careful lifting, all it takes is a little elbow grease and time.
Many small screws and smaller nuts and bolts preceded the 5 main bolts. 


 
Now safely on the ground.

The stabilisers sit 5 metres above ground level.
The single stabiliser and elevator assembly is 3.8m long at the fuselage connection
Spans is 7.3m. 
It weighs 352kg. 
3 more to go...
   
   

Volunteers Morning 2

Saturday, June 03, 2017
   A very busy morning at our Volunteers Day.
First job, shift the Embraer. The wing was overhanging our steps limiting access to the aircraft.

Proof our volunteers can move aeroplanes!
Officer on the bridge!
Volunteers hard at work whilst Mary looks on...
More hard working volunteers.
Removing just some of the hundreds of screws that hold the fairings and covers in place.
And never miss a photo opportunity.
Photo Credit : Caleb Hotz
   

Volunteers Morning

Sunday, April 09, 2017
   

Today was an auspicious and memorable one, for all those with an interest in aeroplanes! It was the V.O.M.! Yes, the volunteers orientation morning! But it also marked the 50th anniversary of the first 737 flight, and the naming of N737HL.

 
 

As one of our volunteers puts it-
It all began with 22 eager beavers meeting at the security gate in order to complete the necessary paper work required to go airside.

After being issued with a hi vis jacket, producing ID, and form completion, we were  escorted, yes, escorted, to the secure area.  This is where the aircraft were standing awaiting our arrival! .  




To be able to get so up close and personal with these 2 historic jets, was certainly going to be a great experience.  The way up to the door, however, looked a little awkward for some of us.  Scaffolding is not everyone’s preferred method of gaining access to the cabin!
 
Never fear though!  Network Aviation and  Menzies Aviation (Skystar) generously provided real steps to make it much easier for everyone.
Thank you!



     The inside of the aircraft was remarkably clean and new!  The seats were particularly comfy at the front, and everyone wanted seat number A1!  No-one could resist the temptation to open every door, cupboard and hidey hole they could find! 
But today gave the volunteers an opportunity to go elsewhere!  Under the jet!  


Sticking your head into holes to see where the wheels disappear to in flight, checking out what's behind the engine cover and wondering how many rivets hold this plane together!

   
All volunteers need to be congratulated on attending today and sharing their expertise and excitement for this project.  It was a great way to meet others who are fascinated by the whole concept of saving these wonderful jets and transporting them to a new beginning.

   

Thanks to the guys at Network Aviation, we may well have our fuel problem solved. Supplying us with the means to dispose of the last remnants of JetA1 we can put one of the more 'volatile' tasks behind us.
 
'Uncle Joe Merrick' and family.
  I began with saying this was an auspicious and memorable day, and it was.  Today one of the aircraft was officially named. N737HL will now be known to all as Uncle Joe.   Joe Merrick is 92 years young and has always had a passion for aircraft. After thinking his days in retirement were going to be ‘flightless’, he has now a new and exciting interest in this project. Formerly a Boeing engineer, he now boasts about ‘ his ‘ aeroplane and quite rightly too.  He talks about ‘energy and infectious enthusiasm’ and that could be our motto for this project.  
Thanks Great Uncle Joe.

A Tail Of Bees

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Lifting Company came to our rescue once again when they delivered a scissor lift for the 'Exterminator'.

Matt from TLC braved the airborne attacks and rode alongside Craig from MRP Pest Control. Navigating their noble stead in stealth mode for the exterminator to deliver his deadly puff of powder.

The thousands of bees were, as you may expect, not very happy. They defended their Queen in a brave and courageous manner to the death. There were a couple of warriors that made the ultimate attacking sacrifice and successfully delivered their painful payload, one in the back of my neck.

Of course, there can only be one winner in such a battle and our team of Mavericks emerged victorious in this ground to air attack, not just in one battle but two.

We salute the the airmanship of Bee Squadron and all who fell. It was a cool place for our fellow aviators to build a hive, we are saddened in our victory that it had to end this way.


Engineering 101

Thursday, March 23, 2017
OzJet Engineer John Sumner guided me around some of the less known places in the aircraft today.
I boldly went to places no ordinary man has ever been...

Opening the front and rear doors, opening up the emergency exits, checking the amount of fuel remaining in the wing tanks. Inspecting the hydraulic levels and confirming the oxygen supply is still pressurised. 

Up close inside the electronics compartment was just one of my many highlights.
All in a days work for John but a brand new experience for me.

I learnt so much about the 737. John is an inspirational guy with a wealth of knowledge. Dont ever miss an opportunity to talk with John. What a fantastic day...



Volunteers Meet and Greet

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The enthusiasm shown at our first meeting of volunteers was most inspiring. We had 13 volunteers with a range of ages, from a number of industries and a broad range of experiences; every one of them a valuable asset to the project.

Our main topic of conversation was dismantling and transport. Some very different approaches to the problem were suggested, resulting in a change of design for our cradle and lifting procedure.
We also have a new approach to dismantling, preventing the aircraft from sitting on its tail!

Other discussion topics included, Fuel removal, Airport safety procedures, ASIC pass, Trello work board and general discussions. 

Early in the evening, I was presented with a Framed Photograph of one of the aircraft having its C-Check in Jakarta, my most humble thanks to John.



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