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PPG Aerospace donates coatings to restore F-4 for New England Air Museum

NEW ENGLAND AIR MUSEUM recognized PPG Aerospace for contributing coatings and technical guidance for restoration of an F-4 Phantom fighter jet with a commemorative plaque presented to Kevin Lee, second from right, PPG senior account manager, aerospace. With him, from left, are Jerry Roberts, NEAM executive director; Jim McGuire, restoration technician and an NEAM volunteer; and Kim Jones, NEAM board member and volunteer. They are pictured in front of the restored F-4 fighter jet repainted with PPG coatings in its paint scheme from the Vietnam War. (Photo courtesy of New England Air Museum)

F-4 PHANTOM jet that flew in the Vietnam War on display at the New England Air Museum was restored with coatings donated by PPG Industries’ aerospace business. High-solids DESOTHANE® HS/CA 8211 military and defense topcoat in camouflage, Desothane HS/CA 8800 topcoat in gloss white and DESOPRIME® HS/CA 7700 primer were used to recreate the F-4 jet’s paint scheme from 1972 when it was flown in a mission that downed an enemy MiG fighter jet during the Vietnam War. (Photos courtesy of Jim McGuire)

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., Aug. 14, 2015 – An F-4 Phantom fighter jet on display at the New England Air Museum was restored with coatings and technical talent donated by PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace business to honor the jet’s U.S. Air Force service during the Vietnam War.

PPG donated high-solids DESOTHANE® HS/CA 8211 military and defense topcoat in camouflage, Desothane HS/CA 8800 topcoat in gloss white and DESOPRIME® HS/CA 7700 primer. Kevin Lee, PPG senior account manager, aerospace, provided the technical talent and a personal connection to the aircraft manufacturer, McDonnell Douglas.

NEAM volunteer and restoration technician Jim McGuire contacted Lee, with whom he had worked in the past, to ask for PPG help in repainting the F-4, which is on loan to the museum from the U.S. Air Force. McGuire wanted it restored with its paint scheme from December 1972, when the aircraft was flown in a mission that downed an enemy MiG fighter jet. He knew what it looked like from a photo provided by the mission’s pilot and copilot.

“I wanted to use the true military coatings that met the federal standards,” he said.

The assistance by Lee proved to be serendipitous. “My first experience in the aerospace industry came back in 1978 at McDonnell Douglas, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we completely refurbished the F-4 aircraft, including repainting.”

Lee selected PPG coatings that would provide a durable system with good ultraviolet (UV) protection that should retain its gloss and color for years. “This would most likely be the last time this historic airplane is renewed,” he said.

McGuire and a team of volunteers painted the aircraft with Lee’s guidance. McGuire credited Lee and the financial and technical support from PPG for the restoration’s completion. “Words can’t describe the immense pride the crew and I take in having been able to get the lady back in her rightful colors and restore the essence of what this plane was and is,” McGuire said.

“The project was an amazing success,” Lee said, adding, “I worked for McDonnell Douglas for 16 years on the F-4, F-15 and F-18 fighter programs. To this day, for me, there is not a more beautiful airplane in the sky at 600 miles per hour than the F-4.”

The restored F-4 was unveiled this summer for a Vietnam 50th commemoration exhibit at the museum, where it will be on display through September.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer and distributor of aerospace coatings, sealants, and packaging and application systems. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. For more information, visit www.ppgaerospace.com.

About the New England Air Museum
The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, nonprofit educational institution organized in 1959. Located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, adjacent to Bradley International Airport, the Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England. It is dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts, engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits helping them to understand aviation technology and history, and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs. The Museum houses one of the world’s most outstanding collections of historic aviation artifacts and more than 80 aircraft, including a Sikorsky VS-44A donated by actress Maureen O’Hara and a Silas Brooks Balloon Basket (1870), believed to be the oldest surviving aircraft in the United States. For more information, visit www.neam.org.

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Audrey Fujimoto
PPG Aerospace

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