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08/25/08

AIR FORCE ONE

“Preserving a piece of History”

 

The major preservation project of a national aviation treasure took place last week (start date August 18th   2008) in Seattle, Washington. Local business owner, Jim Goguen of Jim’s Auto Installations & Detailing Center in Ipswich, MA. was requested to be a team leader within the efforts.

 

The aircraft being preserved and serviced is the very first jet Air Force One SAM (Special Air Mission) 970. This historic aircraft is on display outside the Museum of flight is housed at Boeing Field in Seattle, WA.

 

Renny Doyle of Attention to Details requested Jim Goguen of Jim’s Auto Installations & Detailing Center to help assist him and his team in preserving this piece of history. The team consisted of Renny Doyle, Jim Goguen and several highly qualified detailers from across the country. Attention to Details and their affiliates like Jim help preserve historic aircraft and other forms of vehicles including automobiles and boats from across the globe and this team is the first to preserve an Air Force One aircraft.

 

For eleven years, VC-137B, a special Boeing 707 model has been on display at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, WA. Since 1996 when Air Force One was granted to the Museum of Flight, some two million visitors have stepped back in history aboard the “flying Whitehouse” that carried Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon along with many national and world leaders. In 1959, President Eisenhower took the very first Presidential jet flight aboard this aircraft and called it, “Exhilarating”.

 

This amazing piece of our nation’s history was due for a makeover after having endured Seattle’s famously wet weather. Attention to Details and its team of detailers from across the country were there to help.

 

The exterior work included a full cleaning of all surfaces, treatment and removal of oxidized paint, polishing all painted surfaces, and the final step, sealing the exterior paint.  The team’s biggest challenge was restoring the badly hazed exterior aluminum finish. The bare aluminum was returned to its original reflective mirror finish with a five step polishing process and countless man-hours.

 

“Jim assisted us last year while we restored and preserved Air Force One, the last Concorde jet to fly over North America, a Boeing 727, the very first Boeing 737 ever built, the very first Boeing 747 built, and a rare and historic B-47 Bomber,” says Doyle. These historic aircraft are on display at the Museum of flight, which is housed at Boeing Field in Seattle.

 

Doyle added, “Jim was chosen to be a team leader this year for this project because of his outstanding work last year and with over 22 years of experience and his true passion to detailing. I knew Jim would be a great team leader and a real asset on this tremendous project. We look forward to working with him on projects in the future.”

 

 

 

  

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