L3Harris Technologies has completed its third wide-body custom paint job of the year at its facility in Waco, Texas, which was recently enhanced.
“L3Harris is uniquely positioned to offer world-class aircraft paint services as part of our maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions,” said Jon Piatt, vice president and general manager, L3Harris. “This recent delivery is just one example of how our team can seamlessly transition from austere military paint specifications to exquisite custom paint finishes to meet a wide variety of mission needs.”
L3Harris’ aircraft paint completions are handled in a 73,000ft² (6,782m²) climate-controlled hangar that can accommodate types including the Boeing 747-8 and Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. The paint facility recently received a multimillion-dollar upgrade to replace its analogue HVAC system with the latest digital technology for temperature and humidity control, allowing the company to produce custom paint jobs on a variety of aircraft. The work is supplemented by multiple onsite component paint booths.
L3Harris’ offers missionisation, modernisation and MRO services for military, government and commercial customers. The facility specialises in complex wide-body aircraft modifications; it has completed more than 50 VVIP and head-of-state aircraft completions.
“We have completed three highly complex wide-body aircraft paint schemes at the Waco facility,” said José Luiz Monteiro of Studio E/Motions, programme partner for one of the recent 787-8 paint completions. “With the Boeing 787-8 and its composite fuselage, the gloss on the paint resembled more the finish of smaller corporate jets, unseen in the wide-body industry. The hangar is large and has the latest ventilation technology. The L3Harris paint capability is a hidden jewel, and we are extremely happy with the outstanding work delivered.”