Group unveils plans for Uiver’s new home

The Uiver replica.
The Uiver replica.

CONCEPT plans to house the Uiver replica plane and a piece of aviation memorabilia were unveiled at a public meeting in Albury last night.

The Uiver Memorial Museum Group met with members of the public to create a community trust to oversee the restoration and display of the DC-2 aircraft.

Uiver group spokesman Pieter Mol said a feasibility study was conducted on two sites, with the preferred location adjacent to the Albury airport on the corner of Lockheed Drive and Bristol Court.

“We have concept plans, so now we welcome community input on the hangar proposal,” he said.

“We would also welcome support from the building industry for donations or materials and any other offers of assistance.”

The group recently recruited experienced American plane restorer, Syd Baker, to work on the replica bought by The Rotary Club of Albury West in 1979.

“We are more than happy to provide the resources to restore the plane at no cost to the community, but once restored it should be handed back to the community,” he said.

“It can be a tourist attraction and educational tool ... it’s really about reinstating it as a memorial to Albury.”

Residents at last night’s meeting were fortunate enough to look through a piece of aviation history, with the Uiver group unearthing an operation and maintenance manual for a DC-2 plane.

“We didn’t know we had any DC-2 memorabilia in our archive collection, so this is truly special,” Uiver Group project co-ordinator Nicole Fransen said.

Ms Fransen said the project had been well supported by the community.

“Community interest has been very strong and it’s because the plane is a part of the city’s history,” she said.

The group will hold monthly meetings at The Albury Club.