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June-24-11 'Extreme Makeover' plane to be unveiled at Trenton-Mercer Airport
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J. — In less than a month and with the assistance of many individuals, a Cessna aircraft used for mission work has undergone an “Extreme Makeover” and is ready for its unveiling at noon on Friday, June 24 at Trenton-Mercer Airport.
The 1970 Cessna Skymaster aircraft that needed repair is part of Air Mobile Ministries, which transports water filtration systems worldwide to communities lacking safe drinking water because of poverty or disaster. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, fine detail was given to the interior and structure of the aircraft, where spectacular upgrades and improvements totaling more than $35,000 were centered. Now that the interior and structure are sound, the exterior will be treated to a well-deserved fresh coat of paint in the very near future.
Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes recently announced that Airtex Products, Inc., an industry leader in aircraft interior manufacturing and installation, and a longtime loyal tenant of Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), had been contacted by ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and asked to assist with making improvements to an aircraft as part of their program, and TTN and others immediately stepped up to the challenge.
Joe and Cindy Hurston are the operators of Air Mobile Ministries and the owners of the aircraft that needed repair in order to continue being used for the mission. Airtex Products, Inc. President Dodd Stretch led the refurbishment effort not only by utilizing the assets and talents of his company, but by enlisting the support of the entire community. He contacted the administration at Trenton-Mercer Airport and requested the airport’s help in spreading the word.
At noon on Friday, June 24, 2011, Joe Hurston, Dodd Stretch and others who participated in the makeover will pause to celebrate before the aircraft is put back into the work of Air Mobile Ministries.
The Hurstons’ own home was recently destroyed after a water pipe burst, and ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” also went to work on repairing the house. Additionally, the show also coordinated initial improvements to the aircraft, including installation of a complete line of Garmin avionics, with a G500 and dual GNS 430Ws. However there was much more to do to the interior of the aircraft, and Airtex President Dodd Stretch took the lead in marshalling the necessary parts, funding, and expertise required.
In addition to Stretch’s Airtex Products, Inc., the following companies donated to the effort: C&M Aviation Services, LP Aero, Maverick Insurance, Louisville Aviation, Plane Plastics, Trenton-Mercer Airport, ARFF Station 34/Pro Tec Fire Services Ltd.; Streamline; Runway Restaurant, Ronson Aviation; Courtyard by Marriott Ewing; and Scheme Designers.
Attendees should meet at 11:45 a.m. at the main terminal of Trenton-Mercer Airport, Bear Tavern Road, West Trenton, New Jersey.
For further information on Air Mobile Ministries, find them on the web at www.airmobile.org. For more information on Airtex Products, Inc., find them on the web at www.airtexinteriors.com. For more information on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” please visit abc.com or call (818) 460-7477 (standard connection fees apply).