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Paul Beck works on a fuel tank Friday from a RV4 plane at his shop at Willmar Municipal Airport. Beck uses a process that removes the old sealant in the fuel tank of the aircraft with a chemical stripper that's sprayed into the tank. The process replaces the tedious task of scraping out the old sealant by hand. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Mooney aircraft owners need no longer 'Weep' over fuel leaks thanks to unique process developed in Willmar, Minn.

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WILLMAR -- Owners of aging Mooney aircraft are having their leaky fuel tanks repaired with a unique process developed by a local business at Willmar Municipal Airport.

The process removes the old sealant in the fuel tank with a chemical stripper that's sprayed into the tank by a special machine. The chemical strips the old sealant down to bare metal. The tank is then washed, dried and resealed, adding many years of useful life to the aircraft.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
(320) 235-1150
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