Air Force One getting makeover in Fort WorthMarch 21, 2014
Air Force One in Fort Worth. Photo by Scott Nishimura
Air Force One from the air. Photo courtesy of Epic Helicopters
The most recognizable airplane in the world is in Fort Worth for a bit of maintenance work.
One of the Air Force Boeing 747s that flies the president flew into Meacham Airport Thursday for a fresh paint job at Leading Edge Aviation, a Meacham tenant that’s one of the paint contractors for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner airliner.
Friday morning, the humped airplane – with its blue and white United States of America livery – was sitting outside a Leading Edge hanger, protected by security vehicles and personnel.
Bill Welstead, the city’s aviation director, said he didn’t know how long the city’s mammoth visitor would be hanging around.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I will say this: Leading Edge can paint an airplane very quickly. They can paint a whole airplane in under two weeks.”