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Carson Mangum of Laurel with his detailing equipment in Silver Spring.
Carson Mangum used to go to car shows with his father when he was a child. A passion for cars grew into a business.
Mangum now has a professional detailing shop in Silver Spring, We-C-Clean. It has been open for seven years.
“I love all cars. I just like making them look good,” he said.
Mangum, of Laurel, has embarked on a new project: aircraft detailing. Mangum was chosen as one of only 35 of the nation’s finest detailers to join the team to restore the original Air Force One presidential jet, a Boeing 707-120.
The project has been going on for 11 years.
On Aug. 10, Mangum traveled to Seattle, where he joined the team to help with the restoration project led by Renny Doyle of Attention to Details, a paint shop in California.
Doyle’s detailing team began restoring the presidential jet in 2003.
This year, the team worked on the Boeing 707-120 until Saturday.
“It was awesome [and] it was very cool,” Mangum said, adding that next year the team will come back for the last time to add the final touches to presidential jet.
“Each year, he [Doyle] takes 30 to 35 guys out and I was one of the guys this year. ... Lucky enough,” he said.
In February 2014, Mangum spent a week in California and went through Doyle’s Car Detailing School.
The Boeing served four U.S. presidents — Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon. Its final flight was from New York to its current home at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Inside Air Force One, Johnson took the oath of office after Kennedy was assassinated. That was the first time a woman, U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes, administered the oath of office to a president.
According to the White House website, the title “Air Force One” is used to describe any aircraft carrying the president of the United States.
Today, there are two customized Boeing 747-200B series with the capability of refueling midair. They are equipped with advanced secure communications equipment, which allows the aircraft to function as a mobile command center in the event of an attack on the United States.
Mangum said he was surprised and excited when he got the phone call from Doyle.
The team polished the outside and cleaned the inside of the presidential jet. Mangum said once the restoration is done, the plane will stay indoors at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.
“They’ve [the team] done a fantastic job. ... It just looks gorgeus. Absolutely gorgeous.” said Dan Hagedorn, senior curator and director of collections for The Museum of Flight.
Hagedorn said the aircraft came from Andrews Air Force Base and arrived in Seattle in 1996. The aircraft is a loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force to the Museum of Flight on what Hagedorn called an “indefinite” loan.
He said the plane most likely is “never going to leave here.”
Besides the Air Force Once project and the Silver Spring shop, Mangum also has a mobile detailing business.
In his car, he carries his own water for detailing projects, a generator for electricity, as well as all of the products and polisher equipment he needs.
“I have air for tools and even a tire pump for people’s tires in case they are low. ... Basically, we come to you and leave your car brand new,” he said. Read The Full Story At This Link