Repainting B-52G 2584 Midnight Express
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|On 14 Aug 2017, Guy
Amico and his crew from Global Jet Painting arrived to begin the task
of re-painting our B-52. The job was to be done on the Kilo 6
taxiway, made available by Boeing who is leasing it from the County. Guy and his crew are well known to us as he has previously repainted our 727 and 747. This webpage will show the activities as our girl gets a complete makeover after 26 years.
Painting location - Taxiway Kilo 6
My taxi N737G - parking location - right behind the airplane
WARNING! Some of these pictures are graphic. Parental guidance is advised.
First the airplane is sanded - starting with the tail and working forward.
Not sure this makes her look better than before!
After Round Two of the sanding
She's a BUFF alright
Now it's time to pressure wash - Saturday Aug 19
Time to go home for the day
"RV 737 Golf, you're Number Two for take-off following the departing Pan Am DC-3. Caution - Wake Turbulence."
Geez - where else could you have such fun? Like being in a time warp. Living in the Past.
Actually, I do live in the Past, as I prefer it to the Present....
Stay tuned for further updates......
Wednesday Aug 23, 2017
Well, with the sanding and washing over, it's time for some Priming and Masking.
Lot of bare spots need priming after the sanding
And now masking for the Camo
Gonna be White on the belly
We're modeling from photos of Viet Nam B-52s
The FLIR pods
A week of prep under our belts, it's time to break out those paint cans and get serious
A two-part aircraft epoxy laquer - donated by Sterling
With a drawing in hand and our weapon of choice - a 6 inch foam paint roller
Yes! You can paint airplanes with paint rollers - we do all the time - and it looks great!
That's what we did with our 727 and 747.
OK, Muchachos - "Present - Arms!"
Good-bye Old Me - I'm about to get a makeover
Suit Up! Hook Up! Bucket Up!
The Magic begins
What was that!!!???
Why - it's just a Grumman F8F Bearcat doing a low pass.
Doesn't everyone have one of those?
503 mph in level flight. I think she was only doing 250.....
Starting to notice a difference?
Well, time to call it another day
"37 Golf, hold short of 34 Left for a KLM 787 departing 16 Right to the south."
Those Paine Controllers sure know how to take care of me - an opposite way takeoff with a quick turn to the West and home at Port Townsend.
Geez, I love this job. Ooops, it's not a "job" - I forgot. I'm a volunteer.
Keep staying tuned - the best is yet to come.
Thursday - August 24, 2017
Not to disappoint - three pictures from Guy Amico today!
Global Jet Painting
S T U N N I N G ! ! !
Friday August 24, 2017
Starting on the White
The underside of the B-52 was originally white for its nuclear role.
"D" models used in Southeast Asia were switched to black.
"G" models retained their nuclear capability and stayed as white.
Some of the Magicians
Look at the reflections - pretty amazing transformation!
Our BUFF with about three days left to re-paint completion
Monday August 28. 2017
Second coat on the camo over the weekend - going full bore on the white
Really starting to look good!
Goose bump time....
Tuesday - August 29, 2017
Pretty much the completion of the repaint.
Touch-ups and Markings applications.
A few Markings (SAC emblem, Castle AFB emblem, Midnight Express nose art) will be applied later.
Also, all the maintenance stenciling.
The Three Musketeers
Bob Bogash - Museum Volunteer
Tom Cathcart - Museum Chief of Aircraft Collections
Guy Amico - President, Global Jet Painting
December 18, 1972
Andersen AFB, Guam
Lest we forget......
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