The DC-2 Restoration Progress

In January 2020 the aircraft was relocated to a newer, far more spacious hangar at 7 Bristol Court, Albury Airport, where restoration work is proceeding.

Overview of activities in 2020

  • UMCT took possession of the new hangar.
  • Cleaning 10 years accumulated dirt and bird dropping from the roof trusses and floor.
  • Offices and crew room repainted.
  • Built the security fence to make the building secure.
  • Moved parts and equipment from our old hangar (an enormous job).
  • Painted the floor in the work area.
  • Built the overhead structure to carry air and power to each work area and moved machinery into place.
  • COVID-19 struck and we were forced to suspend the work of most volunteers for several months. During this time we were able to build benches, stands, work platforms.
  • Work recommenced and we were able to experiment and develop new work practices and procedures to help refine and speed up the restoration process.
  • Progress made with polishing, paint stripping or buffing out extensive corrosion.
  • Manufacture of many new parts.

Restoration Progress

Restoration Targets for 2021

  • Continue the fuselage restoration working from the tail end working forward.
  • Complete the second half of the horizontal stabiliser assembly, mate to fuselage and locate elevator assemblies on hinges.
  • Restore vertical fin assembly and refit to airframe.
  • Finalise rudder reconstruction and reassemble empennage.

Thank-you to our tireless volunteers!

At the beginning of the restoration process the DC-2 had been sitting out in the open air for 37 years and had become badly weathered and corroded.

Uiver Restoration
Uiver Restoration

Disassembly of the DC-2s outer wings, tail fin, engines and propellors began in January 2016 with a small band of enthusiastic volunteers. This was conducted on the open grass area beside the “Pickles” hangar, where Council had left it.

The wings, engines, propellors, tailplane, and fin were gradually removed and relocated to the Smartair hangar, and a Pickles crane towed the whole fuselage into the hangar on 12 May 2016.

Uiver Restoration
Uiver Restoration

A call went out for volunteers in the Albury-Wodonga region and on 14 May 2016, 30 people underwent our first volunteer induction training. A year later, at least 50 people had done the induction.

We have men and women from a wide range of ages who come to the regular work days (Wednesdays and Saturdays).

Early tasks included removing aluminium cladding on the ailerons (nonstandard), disassembling the propellors, wheel hubs, and tailwheel structure, beadblasting corroded parts, making workbenches, and many other tasks.

In the first half of 2017, the fuselage and centre-wing were de-mated, the engine nacelles were removed from the centre-wing, the tailwheel and main undercarriage was all removed, and the inner lining of the fuselage was removed. In other words, all the major assemblies were separated.

Later in 2017 we began repair of the rudder, cleaning and jigging of the engine nacelles, disassembly of the horizontal stabilisers, further disassembly and repair to the undercarriage, straightening the bent engine mount, tool-making, and prepared to send the propellors to Melbourne for specialised repairs.

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