How do you wash a Jumbo? That was answered on Wednesday when Brightfield Group Services visited the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) at Illawarra Regional Airport to give the QANTAS 747 a bath.
Brightfield used a brand-new state of the art Ionic Quattro to give the exterior its best clean to date. The equipment allows Brightfield staff to reach up to eight stories high without leaving the ground. Business development manager Adrian O’Donnell said that was made possible by telescopic poles and a hightech filtration system to deliver pure water to the brushes. “It is 100 per cent environmentally friendly,” he said.
Managing director Andrew Lee said the company donated its time free and HARS president Bob De La Hunty OAM said that was an amazing help. HARS member Keith Kilpatrick said three people involved in the big wash. There was an observer and two men washing the giant aircraft which was a bit more work than washing the family car. “The special wash they use doesn’t use any chemicals. It has four big filters that the water runs through so when it is washed it doesn’t leave any streaks. It actually looks shiny.”
When HARS members tried to wash the 747 it takes several days. The only thing to finish is the tail which will require access to a boom lift on December 15.