Historic Military Bomber gets a Refresh Thanks to a Group of Dedicated Auto Detailers

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On May 9th at 8:00 am at Lyon Air Museum at the John Wayne Airport, Santa Anna, CA. the last remaining B24J bomber in flying condition will be lovingly detailed by a group of professional auto detailers.

On May 9th at 8:00 am at Lyon Air Museum at the John Wayne Airport, Santa Anna, CA. the last remaining B24J bomber in flying condition will be lovingly detailed by a group of professional auto detailers who are volunteering their time to bring this majestic aircraft's appearance back to life.

The plane is owned by the Collings Foundation of Stow MA and is part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. It is the only B 24J in flying condition in the world.

The plane actually needs to be fully reconditioned and painted. The $100,000 needed to do that is not available in a tight economy, but a solid wash, wax and detail will improve the plane's appearance. When master detailer Joe Fernandez of Superior Shine saw the plane he knew he had to do something. He offered his services at no charge to wash and wax the plane. Meguiars (a nationally-recognized supplier of car care products) agreed to provide all the supplies to do the job.

Lyon Air Museum donated a hanger in which to clean the plane, another admirer of the aircraft and who works in the Areospace industry donated cash to cover the cost of renting a scissor lift, insurance and other incidentals. Kevin Brown from Buff Daddy donated catering for the crew, and 12 experienced detailers are donating their time and services.

The hand-picked crew of 12 master detailers who will work on the project with Joe come from all over the west. They are all volunteers who were moved by the plane's majesty and the role it played in protecting our country's freedom.

"It's just a big hunk of aluminum. As an airplane is nothing outrageous at all. It's big and slow. But I am in love with it because of what it stands for.

Evil rose it's ugly head and we as a country banded together and overcame.

This old airplane represents regular people working their butts off to get it made and out bombing. It Represents all the young man who died and were injured flying it.

So it is just more than a hunk of aluminum. I am honored for the privilege of getting to work on one," said Joe Fernandez, project lead.

Joe isn't the only person moved by the plane. Master detailers Diana Leatherberry and James Suarse from Command Detail in Las Vegas are making the five-hour drive to help out because Diana has a special connection to this plane.

Her father was drafted while still in high school and was a gunner on a B24 during WWII. His plane was shot down and he was placed in a German prison camp (the same camp immortalized in the movie "The Great Escape.") The B24 and B17 bombers that are owned by the Collings Foundation were on tour in Juneau AK in 2003 and Diana was able to take a flight on both planes. She wants to do her part to keep their memory alive.

The May 9th event is not open to the public but press avails will be allowed with prior scheduling.

For more information contact Scott Bourne, Bourne Media Group, bournemediagroup(at)gmail(dot)com - 702-824-3598.

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