Air Force One Detailing Team Hits Seattle’s Museum of Flight for 15th Ann. Detailing of AFO Aircraft
Friday, July 27, 2018
SEATTLE, WA July 13, 2018 — Master detailer Renny Doyle announces that the Air Force One Detailing Team hits Seattle’s Museum of Flight July 15-22 and in addition to the first presidential jet Air Force One, there is a new airplane on the agenda this year! The handpicked team of 65 professional detailers from around the nation will continue their annual cleaning and preservation of the presidential plane on display at the museum, but they will also take their first shot preserving the museum’s newest acquisition, a Boeing B-52G Stratfortress Bomber known as Midnight Express. Built in 1960, she was used extensively during the Vietnam War as a nuclear-armed Cold War platform, active during Operation Linebacker II in December 1972, which led to the release of 591 prisoners of war in 1973.
The Air Force One Detailing Team is chosen and organized by the “Detailer of Air Force One”, Renny Doyle, and his wife and business partner, Diane Doyle of Detailing Success in Big Bear, CA. Trained and certified by the International Detailing Association (IDA) and by Doyle himself, all team members are successful detailing business owners in their own rights and make the minimal two-year commitment to the team on a voluntary, pro bono basis.
Doyle has spent 15 years restoring the historic presidential jet to its original glory. The plane was a flying Oval Office for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. The plane was in distressed condition when Doyle was first approached by the Bush administration in 2003 to put his skills to work to save it. It took over a decade to fully restore the brilliance of the paint and clarity of the bright work (aluminum). Until 2016, the plane lived outdoors on the tarmac, exposed to the elements, requiring a robust annual cleaning, polishing, and protection for its paint and aluminum.
These past two years the plane has found a home under the museum’s new open-air Airpark Pavilion. Although it is mostly protected from the elements, it is still exposed to the area’s damp climate and extreme temperatures, requiring a rigorous cleaning, polishing, and application of a paint sealant to protect it from year to year.
The original Air Force One Detailing Team consisted of Doyle and a small team of six staff members, but over the years, the project has expanded to an increasingly heavy workload and many additional aircraft. The team has grown to 32 members in 2012, to 55 members last year, and to the largest team ever this year at 65.
Also, on the agenda this year is polishing the B-29 Super Fortress, a WWII bomber the team began restoring in 2011; cleaning and polishing the first-ever Boeing “Jumbo Jet” 747; polishing the supersonic Concorde Alpha Golf, which they have been working on since 2014; and numerous other priceless aircraft on exhibit at the Museum of Flight.
“Cleaning something as big as a jet airplane has its challenges, but when you are cleaning aircraft valued at hundreds of millions of dollars and that have such historical significance in aviation history, it requires unique skills and knowledge of paint and bright work, not found in most detailers,” says Doyle. “I have been caring for these amazing aircraft for 15 years and the first time I laid eyes on Air Force One, I doubted myself whether it could be saved — that is how challenging the project was; however, I know what these detailers can do. They are the best of the best and to see Air Force One shining in the sunlight from year to year is a testament to our commitment, hard work, and skill. I am proud to be a part of this project every year and I look forward to many years ahead as a caretaker of aviation history.”
The Air Force One Detailing Team and its efforts on these historic aircraft could never be completed without the financial help of industry giants like Flex power tools and polishers and P&S Detailing Products. Add in major contributions from Buff & Shine Manufacturing; The Ragg Company; Zenware; and Glassparency; and that is why year after year, collectors, museums, and other automotive and aviation organizations seek out Doyle and his Detail Mafia Team.
For more information about this year’s Air Force One Detailing Team at the Seattle Museum of Flight, contact Diane or Renny Doyle at (909) 366-0909. If you have problems reaching them, contact Kimberly Ballard at (256) 653-4003.
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