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

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.

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