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When an entire organization bands together to conquer a challenging project, that project often takes on a life of its own. Such was the case with the stunning aircraft you see featured here.

Early April 2020, in the midst of a very busy spring schedule, the sales team at Stevens was contacted about a 1994 Beechcraft King Air 350 that had taken multiple lightning strikes while parked on the ramp in Naples, FL. The owner wanted to find a company he could count on to make the repairs, while also making a number of significant upgrades and modifications to the plane.

Thus, began a coordinated, seven-month journey that touched literally every division of Stevens Aerospace and Defense. A journey that revealed the professionalism, dedication, quality and soul of an entire company.

The first order of business was to make the plane airworthy for the trip up to Stevens in South Carolina. Andy Wilson, one of Stevens’ regional sales representatives explains, “We had an AOG team nearby. We went to Naples and took a number of photos that told us the extent of the damage to the plane. The project was very involved right from the start.”

A maintenance crew was dispatched from Greenville, with a trailer loaded with rental engines, props, and the rest of the equipment necessary to get the plane in the air. Over the next several weeks, they reworked everything to make it airworthy. Once completed, the plane was flown to the Stevens GYH facility in Greenville, SC where the rest of the upgrades and modifications would take place over the next five months.

If you can dream it, we can do it!

The client came from Texas with a family background in ranching. Having been a college football player at Texas Tech University, and he wanted to incorporate Red Raider black and scarlet on the aircraft.

“If you can dream it, we can do it,” Denise DeYoung, Stevens’ Head of Design, told her client early in the process. And the client had some very definite ideas. He would turn his aircraft into something he’d always wanted, starting with an all-metallic color palette in dark charcoal, scarlet and silver.