Tennesseans On Team Detailing Retired Air Force One
The Boeing VC-137B (707-120/SAM 970) "Air Force One" being delivered to Seattle's Museum of Flight.
File image of the Boeing 707 known as SAM 970 that served four presidents as Air Force One.
Terrance "Dunn" Dunnavant and other worker clean a vehicle at Clean Cars of America in Nashville.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two Tennessee auto detailers have been picked for the team assigned to clean and restore the first jet plane to ever carry a U.S. president.
Detailing vehicles is nothing new for Terrance "Dunn" Dunnavant, owner of Clean Cars of America in Nashville. On his web site he lists the governor and State of Tennessee as satisfied clients.
However, restoring a Boeing 707 that carried Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon? Well, that's something else.
"It blew my mind. I mean, I was really, like... literally at the point of jumping for joy," Dunnavant told NewsChannel 5.
Dunnavant was selected from a worldwide pool of detailers. He was one of just 30 that made the cut.
He's heading to Washington state, to prep the SAM-970 jet that will end up in Seattle's Museum of Flight. The mission is to put a new shine inside and out of the Boeing 707.
Dunnavant said he's up to the task. He even purchased the best buffer money could buy to give Air Force One, the presidential treatment.
"It's an honor to be involved in a project this immense. You know, the restoration of these airplanes… I feel like we're doing something that is going to really benefit history," said Dunnavant.
An East Tennessee auto detailer was also picked for the assignment.
Dale Wilson of Rogersville is traveling to Seattle to join a team of the nation's top detailers at Boeing Air Field.
Wilson owns an auto detailing business and he tells the Kingsport Times-News that he got his special assignment after studying in California under a master detailer. Wilson said he was one of 200 people who applied for the chance to work on the plane, which is now part of a museum at Boeing.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)