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

Main Landing Gear Beams

Saturday, October 06, 2018

 







At last we have had some good weather which has enabled the volunteers to get out to the aircraft and use the power tools and equipment.

Another discovery, just when we thought we were close; before removing the wings you must remove the Main Landing Gear Beam. (Thanks Mark).

The MLG support beams, as those of us in the know call them ;) 'are connected to the wing rear spars at the outboard ends and to the fuselage by means of swing links at the inboard ends. To remove the support beam, the complete landing gear, the swing link, the flap transmission, spoiler actuator and supports, flap drive and miscellaneous electrical and hydraulic clamps must be removed.' According to the Boeing 737 Maintenance Manual.

We have also cut a larger access from the centre fuel tank into the wing tank of OZX. Now I can get through and drink Guinness again.

Our volunteers also removed both Inboard Leading Edge Flaps. (google Krueger flaps). This gives us better access to the wing bolts. 

Perth Now / Sunday Times

Sunday, May 27, 2018

 

  
Even if you don't read the Sunday Times newspaper you can read the story here.


To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before (Captain James T. Kirk)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

There wouldn't be many people in the world that have seen inside the wing tank of a Boeing 737. There would be even less that have ventured inside.

The volunteers of Project 737-200 are a rare breed indeed.

Meet Laponya one of our female volunteers showing the 'men' how its done.

ABC Perth Drive

Friday, April 20, 2018


Have a listen to our interview by Geoff Hutchison from ABC Radio Perth.

Airborne?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 Almost; and as close as VH-OZX will ever get. Tyres off the bitumen; the complete aircraft supported by jacks and cradles.

The big question on every ones lips is WHEN? If only I had a dollar for each time I am asked this... Once we are secure on the cradles the main gear can be removed. Then we can attack the wing joint. Once we see what holds this together we should be in a position to estimate a departure date.

Pratt & Whitney

Friday, February 09, 2018
   All 4 engines are now safe and secure at the destination. 

Thanks to Gary at White Gum Farm for the hangar space.

If your looking to get away for the weekend or longer check out the Caravan Park and Facilities!

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...

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