Uiver plane restoration takes off

08 September 2015

The Uiver DC-2 memorial aircraft will make its final public appearance at the Aero Club Open Day at Albury Airport on Saturday 31 October, 2015 before going undercover for a full restoration.

Aviation enthusiasts and fans of the Uiver are encouraged to take one last look at the iconic aircraft before it disappears for its "makeover", to remerge in its former glory, in approximately five years' time.

The restoration is being undertaken by the Uiver Memorial Community Trust (UMCT). Following the open day, work will commence on dismantling the aircraft and moving it to a nearby hangar in November.

Guy Hammond, a retired Boeing Engineer, has been appointed as the Technical Advisor for the project and has started preparations for the removal of the engines, outer wings, and tail.

The DC-2 has languished in a state of disrepair for some years, but was recently handed over to the UMCT under a Heads of Agreement with AlburyCity.

The aircraft is the oldest DC-2 remaining in the world and was the key element in a unique aviation memorial put together in 1979 by the Rotary Club Albury West.

It was dedicated by the then Governor General, Sir Zelman Cowan in 1980 to commemorate the real Uiver rescued by the people of Albury during the 1934 London to Melbourne Air Race.

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