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509th MXS restores historic static aircraft display

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tracy Bethea, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technician, paints around the Air Force Roundel at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2020. The body of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet static aircraft had to be sanded down during restoration before any painting could begin. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tracy Bethea, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technician, paints around the Air Force Roundel at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2020. The body of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet static aircraft had to be sanded down during restoration before any painting could begin. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tracy Bethea, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technician, paints the side of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet hull on display at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2020. The static aircraft experienced wear over the past 10 years and was in need of cosmetic repair and maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tracy Bethea, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technician, paints the side of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet hull on display at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2020. The static aircraft experienced wear over the past 10 years and was in need of cosmetic repair and maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. DeAntre Canzater, Airman Joseph Bisson,  and Airman 1st Class Sydney Garcia-Rolon, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technicians, discuss which areas of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet display require further maintenance at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri on Oct. 13, 2020. The entire B-47 hull had to be sanded down and repainted in accordance with the standards set by the United States Air Force Museum. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. DeAntre Canzater, Airman Joseph Bisson, and Airman 1st Class Sydney Garcia-Rolon, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technicians, discuss which areas of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet display require further maintenance at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri on Oct. 13, 2020. The entire B-47 hull had to be sanded down and repainted in accordance with the standards set by the United States Air Force Museum. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tracy Bethea, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technician, paints the side of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet hull on display at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2020. The aircraft’s restoration had to meet the standards set by the United States Air Force Museum. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tracy Bethea, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technician, paints the side of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet hull on display at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2020. The aircraft’s restoration had to meet the standards set by the United States Air Force Museum. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Donald Curran, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technician, uses a lift to check the front of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet static display at Whiteman Air Forces Base, Missouri on Oct. 14, 2020. Mobile lifts were required to reach many areas of the aircraft during its renovation. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Donald Curran, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technician, uses a lift to check the front of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet static display at Whiteman Air Forces Base, Missouri on Oct. 14, 2020. Mobile lifts were required to reach many areas of the aircraft during its renovation. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tracy Bethea, 509th Maintenance Squadron low-observable maintenance technician, paints around the Air Force Roundel at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2020. The body of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet static aircraft had to be sanded down during restoration before any painting could begin. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)