Ventura detailer John Finerty of Vigilant Detailing has been hand-picked for the much anticipated 2019 Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. He has been selected out of hundreds of detailers nationwide by the original “Detailer of Air Force One”, Renny Doyle of Detailing Success. Doyle announced this year’s 55-person team just in time for the Independence Day holiday, and he will lead the weeklong project at the museum, July 7-14.
Finerty received his Detailing Business, Paint Correction, Headlight Repair, and Ceramic Coatings Certification from Doyle last year; dual certifications (CD SV) from the International Detailing Association (IDA); and an advanced sanding certification from Master sander, Jason Killmer earlier this spring.
For 16 years, members who are chosen for the exclusive Air Force One Detailing Team, do so voluntarily as their patriotic duty to restore, maintain and protect the original presidential jet Air Force One and more than a dozen additional historic aircraft currently on exhibit in the museum’s new Airpark Pavilion.
In addition to Air Force One, which is currently in preservation stages after 15 years of restoration, the team will continue restoring a solid aluminum WWII B-29 Super Fortress Bomber and a recently acquired and badly deteriorating Vietnam-era B-52G Stratofortress Bomber. They will also clean and continue to maintain the first-ever Boeing “Jumbo Jet” 747; the Concorde Alpha Golf; and the first
1960s-70s-era Boeing 727-022 commercial airliner – all three, planes previous teams have begun restoring in the past 5-10 years.
“I trained John as an expert in all types of paint and helped him perfect his skill at cleaning and polishing paint and metal, so I knew when I chose him for the team this year, he is experienced, qualified, and will do a great job,” said Doyle. “He has an eye for detail and an instinct for perfection that is an absolute ‘must’ for this project, and it will give him an experience he won’t get anywhere else.”
“I certainly never expected to be detailing multi-million-dollar historic airplanes when I got into detailing,” said Finerty. “But getting the opportunity to clean and polish and be caretakers for all these iconic aircraft – especially Air Force One – is something I will not forget. I am honored to have been chosen for the team and it makes the Fourth of July holiday special this year.”
Air Force One is the first presidential jet, known as a flying Oval Office for four American presidents including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. It entertained International dignitaries like Nikita Khrushchev and Henry Kissinger. For more than a decade, it lived on the open tarmac exposed to Seattle’s notorious climate.
In 2003, a Bush-administration executive contacted Doyle about saving the deteriorating paint and brightwork on the iconic plane. Doyle was known for his skill at paint correction and restoring the shine on classic cars, as well as his knowledge in caring for expensive car collections, exotics, and aircraft.
“That beautiful jet was in such a distressed state when I first saw it in 2003, and it was just me, my wife and business partner Diane, and a few staff members who decided anything we did would help and nothing we did could make it worse,” said Doyle. “There was a lot of new technology, new equipment, and innovative products coming onto the market for professional detailers 16 years ago that I had been field testing.
“Since then, those tools and products – some for which we have developed specifically based on the needs of this project, have been instrumental in bringing the plane up to the excellent condition it is in now.”
The plane is in excellent condition now, but still requires an annual cleaning because even though it does not sit exposed on the tarmac, it is inside an open-air pavilion, covered but still subject to the dampness and cold that causes her paint and brightwork to get cloudy.
For more information about John Finerty’s selection to the Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, contact him at (805) 257-2575 or PR representative Kimberly Ballard at (256) 653-4003.