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Offline blueskydriver

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Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« on: February 01, 2011, 12:03:53 AM »
Blue Sky Drivers
B737 PROJECT

The B737 Cockpit Project: A family and friends project to convert a retired B737 Cockpit Section into a working B737NG FBT Simulator (for hobby use only). This project began on November 10, 2006 after acquiring the cockpit section of a former United Airlines B727 (this is correct, it was a B727 previously) from a Jet Blue Airlines pilot and his wife, who lived in Phoenix, Arizona. (tail number N7459UA, now known as NWA1381)

It was dismantled and cut from the fuselage by a boneyard facility (source name currently unknown), and thereby transported to its current location. It has since been stripped of any remaining wiring or insulation, cleaned, painted and readied for use inside an area called “The Hangar” (formally used as a vehicle garage). The project has been on-going since the cockpit was relocated.

Documentation on this project is forthcoming; however, it will only be of the relocation event and the subsequent preparations for use within the hangar. Later, there will be considerable details as to current stage the project is in.

Eventually, a website concerning this B737 project and the B727 project will soon be online. Albeit, there is no intention too maintain the site as a source of professional building information, but you will be able to ascertain enough data to help you with your own personal project, should you pursue a dream to complete a working B727 or B737 Simulator (or both).

Finally, since this is a hobby project, there are no timelines, nor requirements to meet for it to be used by the public in a private or professional (commercial) environment. Therefore, the possibilities of the project being delayed or information concerning such could be intermittent or few between updates.

Thank you,

Blue Sky Drivers

You will find some of the initial photos regarding the B737 Cockpit attached below.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 03:16:50 AM by blueskydriver »
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2011, 12:07:59 AM »
Post 2

More from the BSD B737 Project...

BSD
« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 03:17:46 AM by blueskydriver »
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2011, 12:08:35 AM »
Post 3

More from the BSD B737 Project...
« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 03:18:14 AM by blueskydriver »
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011, 06:52:07 AM »
Wow, that is a nice setup you have going.    Very nicely done.

Scott

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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011, 08:03:37 AM »
I second what Scott said, Awesome setup!
John


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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011, 01:29:47 PM »
Excellent work. Congratulations

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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2011, 01:40:35 PM »
Thats awesome! I lov the real shell stuff! hope to do that someday with somthing.

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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2011, 08:33:03 PM »
Hey Guys,

Thanks for the kudos. Plan to post more as there are a lot of photos from doing this entire project. Likely, you've noticed FDS products being used, but there a lot of other things (products) going on that are not seen. Plan to document those items as well...

Thanks again,

BSD

« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 09:05:15 PM by blueskydriver »
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2011, 10:20:47 PM »
Here are more photos of the B737 project. You'll notice the leader of the team doing the drywall mudding...by the way she is the wife. Yes! The WIFE!!!

Oh sorry about her being in PJ's; it was either those or her naked! Preferred the latter, but she refused...
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2011, 10:23:06 PM »
Here is more...
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2011, 11:50:37 PM »
Oh, she says there better be a photo or two with her wearing something other than PJ's. So, here they are. Something respectful... the third is her working on the sim platform carpeting and the fourth is her favorite past time "Chainsawing"!
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2011, 12:10:26 AM »
the third is her working on the sim platform carpeting and the fourth is her favorite past time "Chainsawing"!

Do not, I repeat, do not get her mad...  :o
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2011, 12:41:08 AM »
That is why I posted the respectful pics. She is damn good with that chainsaw, and that is only her small one. Her biggest is a 20inch Commerical Cadet with a chiseled chain... I would not want my...uh,...wood cut... if she did get mad at me.
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2011, 12:44:39 AM »
Memory foam seat cushions I see... loads better than sheepskin. I'm going to get me something similar because every time I get up after flying I end up flat on the floor as my legs have gone to sleep.

Lovely looking setup BSD... Impressive!
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2011, 12:51:09 AM »
Thank you.

The seat foam has since been covered with fabric (wife did it) and they are very comfortable. You can sit on these for a good long while...
« Last Edit: February 05, 2011, 12:51:36 AM by blueskydriver »
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Re: Blue Sky Driver and the B737 Simulator
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2011, 02:58:51 AM »
I tend to have to spend a lot of time in bed during the winter due to my disability and I was told to get a good memory foam bed. Best darn thing I ever bought. The mix of high density foam base and a thick memory foam top means it doesn't constrict blood flow.

I'm definitely going to make sure my chair is 100% comfortable because I can see myself using the sim a lot. Memory foam is going to be a lifesaver because of that.
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