Matt Williams, owner of Silver Lining Detail LLC in Marysville, was given the opportunity to polish history -for a second time - when he was hand-picked to join a team of 30 detailers from around the country.

Matt Williams, owner of Silver Lining Detail LLC in Marysville, was given the opportunity to polish history -for a second time - when he was hand-picked to join a team of 30 detailers from around the country.

Williams arrived in Seattle on July 25 for a weeklong restoration project to polish two historic paragons in U.S. aviation history: the first presidential jet plane - Air Force One SAM (Special Air Missions) 970 - and a World War II B-29 bomber known as T-Square 54, both of which are on exhibit at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle.

Renny Doyle, owner of Attention to Details, a master-level detailing training facility in California, assembled the team of experts, selecting the best 30 detailers out of more than 250 of his graduates worldwide.

Williams is no stranger to the prestigious Air Force One project, as Doyle chose him to be a member of the 2008 SAM detailing team. Williams will be a team leader for the 2011 jaunt.

"It truly is an honor to work on either one of these planes, much less the opportunity to do both of them," Williams said. "It really is an honor and a privilege to fly out here and be part of a team of really elite detailers."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower took the first presidential jet flight aboard the "flying White House" in 1959. The one-of-a-kind Boeing 707 VC-137B model, which carried presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon as well as numerous national and world leaders, is 145 feet long, weighs 258,000 pounds and has rested in Seattle since 1996.

The B-29 fought in the Pacific during World War II, flying 37 bombing missions with the 875th Bomb Squadron, 498th Bomb Group. The bomber was later converted to an aerial refueling tanker for the Korean Conflict, and finally arrived at the museum in May 1993.

Williams said the team's goal is to get the two planes back to their original luster by restoring the entire exterior of both planes. Reconditioning the aluminum on the B-29 bomber will be the team's biggest challenge because it has not been reconditioned before, Williams said.

The 99-foot, 105,000-pound bomber "needs a little TLC," he said.

"The B-29 bomber, the whole exterior is all aluminum, so we'll be restoring all that aluminum, bringing it back to a mirror-like finish," he said. "Same thing with the Air Force One SAM 970. We'll be restoring that paint as well, buffing the paint out, polishing it.

"We really are polishing out pieces of history that helped shape the U.S. the way it is today," he added.

Silver Lining Detail, at 295 Scott Farms Blvd., specializes in interior/exterior cleaning and detailing of automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft. For more information, visit www.silverliningdetail.com.