North Pole Husband & Wife Team Join Air Force One & Museum of Flight Detailing Teams to Preserve 15+ Aircraft for Boeing Centennial
NORTH POLE, AK April 6, 2016 Husband and wife detailing team, Alex and Shaylene Dublin of Torque Performance Motorsports join the Air Force One Detailing Team in Seattle next week for the biggest and most prestigious historic aircraft detailing project on record. This is Alex’s 2nd year, and Shaylene’s first year as members of the largest and most technologically advanced detailing team in the country. The 2-week long mega-detailing event starts Monday, April 11 and runs through Saturday, April 23 and includes the team’s continued preservation of the original Air Force One presidential jet; polishing the all-aluminum fuselage of a legendary WWII Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber; and cleaning and preserving the paint and bright work on 14 additional priceless Boeing aircraft. In celebration of Boeing 100th Anniversary and the opening of the Seattle Museum of Flight’s new Airpark Pavilion, the museum wants all of their aircraft in mint condition. At least 15 of these iconic planes are on display in the new Pavilion.
Handpicked out of hundreds of detailers nationwide, the Dublins and the Air Force One Detailing Team, who is also the official Detail Team for the Museum of Flight, are led by Master detailer, trainer, and mentor, Renny Doyle of Attention to Details & Detailing Success. None of them is strangers to cleaning, restoring, and protecting multi-million dollar museum treasures, and rare, exotic, and classic vehicles.
“I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of such a significant project as preserving Air Force One, a beautiful icon of our country’s aviation heritage and history,” says Shay Dublin.
“How many chances do you get to work to preserve a piece of our country’s history and here we are cleaning and restoring more than fifteen of Boeing’s most prestigious vintage aircraft. It is a privilege to be a part of this team and to share in this unique opportunity,” says Alex.
All AFO Team members own their own successful detailing businesses, and they pay their own expenses and donate their time and skill to the massive project.
Air Force One
Fourteen years ago, Doyle received a call from a Bush Administration official asking him about restoring the Boeing 707-120 also known as Special Air Missions (SAM) 970, the first Air Force One jet, which was a flying Oval Office for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. It also entertained many international VIPs such as Nikita Khrushchev and Henry Kissinger.
Shocked by the call, Doyle thought at first it was a prank until he saw the neglected jet displayed on out on the open tarmac, exposed to Seattle’s notorious climate. It had not been cleaned in many years and he knew it would take several years to bring it back to as close to its natural glory as possible.
In the past two years, the AFO Team has entered into a “preservation” rather than restoration stage with the plane. Just this year, with the opening of the museum’s new covered hangar, AFO has found a protective home, but it still requires an annual cleaning and polishing and is officially the Air Force One Detailing Team’s responsibility to maintain it at a high level.
WWII B-29 Superfortress Bomber
Also known as T-Square 54, this WWII workhorse is scarred with holes where fifty-caliber bullets raked her aluminum skin flying sorties over the Pacific and Japan before being abandoned for many years in an Arizona desert. When the Museum of Flight saved her and brought her to Seattle, the 2011 Air Force One Detailing Team polished her bright work for the first time since the 1940s.
“After five years, she isn’t in nearly as bad shape as she was when the team first cleaned her up,” says Dublin. “But that aluminum gets chalky with time and we will have to use a heavy metal polish to bring back that perfectly mirrored surface.”