Refurbishing historic fighter jet PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:37

ABOVE: The Chance Vought F-8H Crusader is looking shinier than ever after its recent refurbishment. The F-8H was sandblasted, painted and decaled over the course of four weeks. Randy’s Professional Painting sandblasted and painted the carrier-based aircraft, while Genesis Graphics replaced the decals. The F-8H was produced between the 1950s and 60s, and was in continuous service for 12 years after. The maximum speed of the Crusader is more than 1,000 mph. The workers had to be careful during the process, for the plane is fragile. “You had to make sure you didn’t break anything,” Randy Lemmons, owner of Randy’s Professional Painting, said. “It was a challenge. The first time I had ever done one. It was fun to do. We’re probably going to (refurbish) another one next year.”

RIGHT: Randy Lemmons, owner of Randy’s Professional Painting, poses in front of the recently refurbished F-8H, on loan to Mid America Air Museum from the U.S. Marine Corps. L&T photos/Victoria Calderon

 
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