The elements have been harsh on airplanes that first saw service more than half a century ago.
Space limitations inside the New England Air Museum make it impossible to keep all of the historic craft out of the elements.
Springfield auto detailer Paul Frasco and others in the same line of work volunteered their time and skills to extend the life of these planes that are kept outdoors at the New England Air Museum.
Planes such as the legendary flying boat to one of America’s first commercial airliners.
“We’re basically working with a paint balanced soap to clean out the dirt,” Frasco explained, “and preserving them with a spray of hydro sealant. It helps protect them from the sun.”
Bob Vozzola, the restoration coordinator for the Air Museum told 22News that “It’s a dream job working with aircraft working, with history… All of the people doing the restoration are volunteers. A lot of people give their time to restore these pieces of history.”
The air museum continues to attract airplane enthusiasts from all over New England as it has for so many years.