The Boeing B737 aircraft are a short haul, single aisle narrow body airline type. It is one of Boeing's more successful designs with a number of variants from the 100 series in the late 1960's to the recent MAX version in 2016. By late 2018, in excess of 10,000 737's have been produced though the production rate has dramatically slowed following the grounding of the MAX aircraft.
The forward section that the Museum owns is that of a 737-287, a sub-series of a B737-200 that was delivered to USAir in 1982. The aircraft was retired by that company in 2001 and sold to Air Philippines who continues to operate it until 2008 when they in turn retired it and sold it to Skills Victoria, a Melbourne based aviation training organisation, and was used by Kangan TAFE as a hands-on training aid.
The aircraft was declared redundant in 2015, and before the wreckers moved in, the Museum purchased the nose section consisting of a complete flight deck and several rows of seats. Two Pratt and Whitney JT8D engines were included in the acquisition. The rest of the airframe was scrapped.