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

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.


Bee Trouble

Friday, March 03, 2017

Beaten by the Bees. Andrew Ellis investigated our bees. Unfortunately they cannot bee removed.

Our only option is extermination. The bees are well inside the aircraft skin, Andrew could hear them inside!

No  bees were harmed, no human was stung in the investigation.


The Business Class Bees have taken up residence at the top of the tail, they have the ultimate aerogeek home, with a view to die for (I am sorry to say).

Fortunately the bees were quite friendly, (Andrews word) showing only a slight interest in me this time.They don't appear to be inside the APU, or the APU cavity. 

We need to get hold of a cherry picker and a brave exterminator. Can anyone recommend a such a super hero?


Welcome Aboard

Friday, February 03, 2017


We have moved in!
Well, not quite but what an exciting day...

Being impatient, we could not wait any longer for steps. In place we constructed a portable scaffold which worked quite well for now. Thanks to the folks that joined us and for the advice; do you know how to open a 737 door? I do now!

The inside of one aircraft is quite moldy, the other is relatively clean. Nothing a good scrub wont fix. I'm sure we can recruit some help for this job?

We had a good look around the inside and of course a sit in the Pilot seat. This was quite a classy aircraft in its day, full blue leather upholstery and even flowers in the toilet, stylish hu?

The Sea Container was also delivered today, it shouldnt be too much longer before we can begin some real work on the aircraft.

Thanks again to Perth Airport, their assistance today was first class.

We will be posting our first newsletter soon with more images. Keep an eye out on our facebook page for the video of today.


Into The Hold

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Today we visited the aircraft as the new owners. 


We got close up for a good look around both aircraft, I managed to climb into the hold and investigate the contents. The paperwork stored inside was colossal, there will be a minefield of history to go through, some light reading for the evenings.


Our first problem will be the Bees that have built a comfortable home in the tail section of both aircraft. Although I was only stung once they are not a happy hive. Does anyone know of an apiarist who would be willing to remove them? We really don't want to kill them.

Hopefully we can go into the cabin our next visit. We just need those steps...






They're Ours!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
We are now the official owners of the two Boeing 737-200 aircraft.
Today sees the final signed documentation arrive for transfer of ownership. All of our thoughts and ideas are now a possible reality, not sure if I am excited or scared! At last we can begin the journey, first up will be a look inside. We need to get some access steps organised and make a date with the airport staff and security. I am still waiting on my ASIC and airside driving permits to come through so for now we will be escorted to and from the aircraft.
Watch this space!

Our Second Visit

Friday, November 11, 2016
Our second visit to the aircraft, this time with Matt from TLC (The Lifting Company). Matt measures up for the aircraft jacks and cradles and we discuss a method of removing the wings once the aircraft are supported off the ground. Reasonably light at 30 Tonnes, there will be a couple of fuselage supports and support for the wings in preparation for removal. The tail section will have to be removed also. Two small cranes should be up to the task, this will keep our height down to a minimum whilst the airport continues as normal. We will need a sea container on site as a store/workshop and many hands on deck...

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