Aircraft Restoration Process
Experts in preservation and restoration of historic aircraft will perform the following restoration and conservation processes:
- Aircraft will be power washed to remove oil and surface debris
- Abrasive blasting (dry ice and/or laser removal) to remove corrosion
- All surfaces sanded and waste debris recovered and disposed of IAW EPA requirements
- All sheet metal that cannot be repaired will be replaced with historically correct metals
- Fiberglass utilized due to contraction / expansion (temperature variation)
- All windows and canopies repaired or replaced if necessary
- Surfaces that have been sanded to bare metal will be primed with PPG Urethane Primer
- All aircraft markings will be replaced in accordance with applicable aircraft technical orders.
Guidelines to be followed
- National Museum of the U S Air Force Heritage Foundation.
- United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, “The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.”
- American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) “Code of Ethics” and “Guidelines for Practice”.