Ian Porter of Red Beard’s Garage Detail Shop was part of a 2-week long Boeing Centennial mega aircraft detailing event, perhaps the largest organized detailing event on record. As a member of the 60-man 2016 Air Force One & Museum of Flight Detail Team, Porter helped restore and preserve 17 historic airplanes at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, including three WWII military aircraft — the B-47 Stratojet, a B-17 Flying Fortress, and the B-29 (T-Square) Superfortress bomber.
I also worked on several of Boeing’s “firsts”: the first 727, the first 737, and first 747; as well as a rare DC2, an F14 Tomcat, the A-6 Intruder, the Concorde Alpha Golf, the 787 Dreamliner, and of course the original Air Force One presidential jet, which has been under the team’s care for over a decade.
Strapped into a cherry picker and riding a boom lift nearly 200 feet up into the air in order to clean the uppermost sections of the planes like the vertical stabilizer takes detailing to a completely new level!
“Here I am walking along the wing of the Concorde, high up in the air at the crown of the 747 and 787, polishing the bright work on Air Force One, and polishing the aluminum fuselage and wings on those incredible WWII planes,”. “Scrubbing off the corrosion on the wings of the Boeing 727 took about three days, and was very challenging work. The last pilot to fly the 727 watched us bring that plane back to life while Marlene watched us restore the shine on the B-29 using a heavy metal polish. It was truly a privilege to be a part of the project.”
If the citizens of Tulsa, Oklahoma are wondering how detailing airplanes translates into detailing their mode of transportation, it is important to note that Porter is a certified high-end paint correction specialist, as well as, detailer.
I was handpicked for the team by my mentor and team leader Renny Doyle because of my advanced skills. Every car owner should look for four qualities in a detailer. They should be educated and know how to handle new and aging paint; they must be insured; they should be affiliated with professional groups like the Detailing Success Network and the International Detailing Association (IDA) because these associations demand the highest standards of work. Finally, they should have excellent quality ratings and a plenty of referrals. I am proud to say I have those qualities and I bring an exceptional level of professionalism to every client throughout Green Country.”