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Lockheed 

L1649A Starliner


ZS-DVJ
c/n 1042

Lockheed L1649A Starliner ZS-DVJ
 
This page follows the reassembly of the Starliner at Rand Airport.
 

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Sheer determination and rugged resilience to adversity saw a dream of many come true; the relocation of the Starliner to Rand Airport.

Getting ZS-DVJ to Rand was the easy part; reassembly would prove to be a delicate, time consuming and frustrating undertaking for Matt Harvey, project leader, and his small band of volunteers.

At best they worked one day per week with occasional help from the apprentices of Intelek Training & Consultation. At times working conditions were hardly ideal, blazing sun, howling gales, pouring rain, bitter cold!

The joining of the two wing halves required precision alignment. This was a most trying time; Matt and his team spent months inching the wings closer together - having to firmly stabilise one wing and then gradually inching the other closer and closer, lifting, supporting, shifting, getting the angle right. There were numerous occasions where things went "skew" as "Murphy" showed up! It was very much a case of if at first...

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The picture above depicts part of this balancing act. Again Marlboro Crane Hire was ever-willing and ever-patient.
17 April 2018.
Photo: Matt Harvey.

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Douglas DC-4, ZS-BMH, Lebombo, (the last DC-4 ever built) in the foreground. 19 April 2018.
Photo: John "Jaws" Austin-Williams.

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19 April 2018.
Photo: John "Jaws" Austin-Williams.

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19 April 2018.
Photo: John "Jaws" Austin-Williams.

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Still a way to go, 19 April 2018.
Photo: John "Jaws" Austin-Williams.

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A second hand gantry with two 5 tonne block and tackle was purchased at the end of May 2018.
It was dismantled and transported to the Phoebus Apollo apron.
Photo: Matt Harvey.

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The gantry proved to be a most useful piece of equipment, one that speeded up the wing joining task.
The tail of the Museum's Douglas DC-4, ZS-BMH, is visible in the background.

Photo: Matt Harvey.

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Photo: Matt Harvey.


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After months of perseverance the wings were finally aligned and joined on Tuesday the 10th of July 2018.
The next step was for a small-ish person to climb into the wing centre section and begin the laborious task of fitting several thousand nuts and bolts, securing the two wing halves together.
Photo: Matt Harvey.


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Photo: Matt Harvey.

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Just short of 8 months after the two wing halves arrived at Rand Airport they were again married.
10 July 2018. Photo: Matt Harvey.


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Back to 26 October 2017, both wings offloaded and ready for joining.
Photo: Matt Harvey.


FUSELAGE MOUNTING ONTO THE WINGS 8 AUGUST 2018

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A cool and cloudy Wednesday 8 August 2018, the day the fuselage and wings would again be married, for the third time.
Photos: John "Jaws" Austin-Williams.


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Marlboro Crane Hire generously brought in a "big gun"!

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Mike Paterson, "Dear Radome quick-release latches, please release quickly".

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Prayer quickly answered.

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The tender truck brought along "heavy weights" and a spreader beam.

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Project leader, the ever-resilient, Matt Harvey.

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Matt explaining the day's procedures to apprentices of Intelek Training and Consultation.

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The SAA Museum's Douglas DC-4 ZS-BMH had to be moved out of the way.
In the background are Phoebus Apollo Aviation's Douglas DC-4 ZS-PAI and Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair 9J-PAA.
 
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The silver tail in the background belongs to DC-4 ZS-AUA.

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Applying Chemetall Ardrox AV 30 Corrosion Inhibiting Compound.

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Problem, the heavyweight crane was too heavy! Slight delay whilst we waited for extra-large plates to arrive.

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Intelek Training and Consultation apprentice with distinctions in Mathematics, Safety Precautions and Material & Hardware.

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Intelek Training and Consultation apprentice with distinctions in Physics and Weight & Balance.

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Extra-large support plates in position.

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Rigging the slings to the beam.

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Germiston City News Reporter Kgotsofalang Mashilo.

 
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Ready for lifting.

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Arnie Meneghelli, left.

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Alignment pin.

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Almost, Mike Paterson.

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Matt Harvey

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End of Wednesday 8 August 2018, ready to be lifted up so that the undercarriage can be extended and she can stand on her own legs.
 
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We had some tarmac to repair!

LIFTING THE WHOLE LOT UP 14 SEPTEMBER 2018

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Abbott Machine Moving and Rigging were tasked with lifting the Starliner up so the gear could be extended.
Friday 14 September 2018.
Photos: John "Jaws" Austin-Williams.


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Matt Harvey, left, with John Ikking. John was involved with the dismantling of the Starliner at Klein Kariba in May 1979.
Matt's long-time friend and Museum member, Tony Greyvenstein, sadly succumbed to cancer on the 11th of July 2017.

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Wireless Crane Operation.



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Wireless remote crane control.



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Reflections.



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Securing the undercarriage.

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Ken Wadmore checking tyre pressure.



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Another major milestone was reached in the preservation of our beloved Connie - getting her back on her feet, took under three hours.
She was now ready to be towed to the Museum's Aircraft Park where full restoration to static display could begin.
Friday 14 September 2018.



 TOWING TO THE MUSEUM AIRCRAFT PARK 17 SEPTEMBER 2018


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Departing the Phoebus Apollo apron, heading for the museum's aircraft park.
Friday 14 September 2018. Photograph: Barry Neuwerth.



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Safely home. End of the day on 17 September 2018.

 




 
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