A Decatur-based veteran and business owner recently got the job of a lifetime when he was handpicked out of hundreds of detailers nationwide for a coveted position on the elite Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.
Yasir Waqaar, who was born and raised in Decatur, started his mobile detailing service in 2008 and has been serving the metro-Atlanta area ever since. “We’re a mobile service that goes to the client and provides everything needed on site. Our services include buffing, waxing, polishing, scratch removal and more and we focus on providing eco-friendly washes using three gallons of water or less,” he said.
As part of a wide network of detailers, Waqaar was selected to be a member of the 2017 Air Force One Detailing Team. The team was tasked with detailing the original Air Force One along with 16 other aircraft housed in the Aviation Pavilion at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.
A particularly special moment for Waqaar was when he was selected to go up in the Genie Boom-lift to detail the America flag on the vertical stabilizer of the famous plane.
“Only veterans or current military can work where the flag is located, so I felt very honored as a U.S. Marine Core veteran to work on that job,” he said.
This year, the team also cleaned, polished, and applied protective coatings to 16 additional aircraft on display at the museum. Those planes include the now retired supersonic Concorde Alpha Golf; a WWII B-52 Stratofortress Bomber; and the first “Jumbo Jet” Boeing 747 christened in 1969 and whose engine rings had not been polished since it came to the museum.
“To be a part of such a significant project as preserving Air Force One, that beautiful icon of our country’s aviation heritage and history, is thrilling for me,” said Waqaar.
The annual Air Force One Detailing project has become one of the most prestigious detailing projects on record. “When this project began nearly 15 years ago with a Bush Administration official asking me to save this famous plane, which was falling into ruin on the tarmac at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, I had only five detailers who had trained with me and with whom I trusted on such a project,” said Master automotive and aircraft detailer and trainer Renny Doyle. “We were horrified at the condition of the aircraft, which had served as a flying Oval Office for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. Having been entrusted into the Team’s care through 2020, there is no room for mistakes on multimillion-dollar aircraft, and today, Yasir is one of the most skilled and talented detailers in our Network capable of helping us preserve her beauty.”
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