Lockheed L1649A Starliner ZS-DVJ to be relocated to Rand Airport
This page follows the project of moving ZS-DVJ from OR Tambo Airport to Rand Airport
Click here to go to the Lockheed Starliner ZS-DVJ main page with history and photographs
For a number of years the SAA Museum Society has known that the inevitable would happen i.e. the order to relocate our beloved Starliner to a new home.
The order came in the first week of 2011, the Connie must go!
Since then numerous meetings have taken place as to who, what, where, when etc. Our dear friends at Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung (DLBS) in Germany have been simply awesome and have given us plenty of information to work with. They have had a couple of years involvement with their own three Starliners and are able to offer the SAAMS advice as well as access to much needed technical information, manuals and special tools required for dismantling ZS-DVJ.
SAA Technical and the SAA Apprentice School have also been of immense help and will be there to guide the museum through what is undoubtedly a daunting task.
It's actually quite simple really, undo the aircraft, move the bits and put it all together again. When we're done we'll look back and say "piece of cake", but for now our problems have just begun.
A working committee was in place by June 2011 and a document (Moving D-ALAN) had been been drafted that would serve to guide us through the initial phase. The document was been compiled by
Johannes Wiesner, Technical Manager BizJet Auburn - The Lockheed Super Star Project.
This page also acts a repository for documentation and photographs, new and old, that will assist the relocation team.
First off is a set of photographs of the dismantling in 1979 of ZS-DVJ when she was at Klein Kariba in Warmbaths, now Bella Bella.