What: Fokker F27-100 Friendship ZK-BXHWhere: Air New Zealand #4 Hangar, Christchurch, NZ
When: August 2012
The fine fellows at Air New Zealand Engineering Services have donated their old Fokker F27 training airframe to the Transport Museum in Wanaka and have set about dismantling the aircraft for the trip south from Christchurch by road.
This aircraft has a proud history with Air New Zealand and ended its service to the company as a technical training airframe for their School of Engineering.
Click HERE to see the history of this aircraft and pictures of it in its former life as a workhorse of the air.
An elite team of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers was recruited from the Air New Zealand Technical Operations heavy maintenance team to run the dismantling operation with assistance from a great team of willing and skilled volunteers.
First, the empennage (vertical and horizontal stabilizers) was removed. Secondly, the propellers were removed from the Rolls Royce Dart engines and then the wings. These items were stacked on a low-loader trailer as shown in the pictures below.
|Empennage, propellers and wing removal|
|Right wing removal|
|Removed assemblies loaded onto the truck|
The remaining aircraft was then jacked and the landing gear retracted and securely locked inside the landing gear bays in the the nacelles. This required the use of compressed air as the F27 uses pneumatics for everything with there being no hydraulics on the aircraft.
|Retracting the landing gear|
|Remaining fuselage assembly after jacking and landing gear retraction|
|Loading onto the trailer|