How do you recycle an aircraft?

The Derelict Air Museum is an Australian aviation museum located in Launching Place, Victoria. It is a collection of aircraft in various states of repair owned by Richard Wetherburn. The aircraft include a US Air Force North American F-86D Sabre, two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Aermacchi MB-326, a RAAF de Havilland Vampire, a Royal Australian Navy Westland Wessex, a Polish Air Force PZL TS-11 Iskra, a GAF Nomad, a Beechcraft Queen Air, a Commonwealth Department of Health de Havilland Dove and the nose of an Ansett Australia Fokker F-28 Fellowship. In addition, it has a large collection of model aircraft.

In 2014, the Museum begun to shut down. Scrappy’s had the privilege to assist Richard in removing and recycling some classic aircraft including an old TAA Fokker Friendship.

TAA’s first Fokker Friendship F-27 aircraft; TAA was the first airline outside of Europe to order the type. TAA also introduced the FOKKER F27 ‘Friendship” in the late 1950’s, as TAA sought a replacement for its now aging DC3 fleet.

The Fokker F27 Friendship is a turboprop airliner developed and manufactured by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker. It is the most numerous post-war aircraft manufactured in the Netherlands; the F27 was also one of the most successful airliners of its era.

We loaded the aircraft with 2 cranes. The picture shows the legendary Darrell “Dazzle” Mellford who passed in 2016. We keep this inspiring story about a legendary aircraft from a national airline alive in his memory.