Middlebury vehicle detailer gets chance to work on original Air Force One

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

It isn't a job for someone afraid of heights, ladders, harnesses, or bucket lifts, but for one Middlebury man, it's a great way to work with a piece of history.

Steven Miller, 22, is a high-end vehicle detailer, and he recently had the chance to work on the first Air Force One presidential jet.

The SAM 970, which stands for Special Air Missions, was a flying Oval Office for four United States presidents: Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

The Boeing 707-120 also entertained international VIPs like Nikita Khrushchev and Henry Kissinger. It is located at Seattle's Museum of Flight.

This is a pro bono restoration project by what the museum and the detailers network call the Official Air Force One Detailing Team. They have been working on the plane since 2003. This is Miller's first trip.

His work includes polishing the paint on the presidential jet's wing, as well as crawling up in the massive engines to polish away the environmental contaminants that have collected there.

He also cleaned the paint all over the supersonic Concorde fuselage, including its iconic needlelike nose.

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