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

Latest News

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

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...

First Ground Inspection

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Our first ground inspection of the aircraft with Anthony Green from Perth Airport. Both aircraft are looking a little shabby, time exposed to the elements is takings its toll as the grass grows underneath. Had a good look around the outside of both aircraft, frustrated that we cant get inside for a look see. We will need to get some access steps organised. Bees have taken up residence in the tail of both aircraft, perhaps we can market OzJet Honey? Gary from Qantas offers his advice and reminds us what an enormous task this will be...

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