PPG Aerospace Donates Advanced Coatings System for Restoring Mystere 20 Jet

  PPG Aerospace Donates Advanced Coatings System for Restoring Mystere 20 Jet

Basecoat/clearcoat recreates flight-test livery on historic first production

Paris Air Show 2013

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LE BOURGET AIRPORT, France -- June 18, 2013

PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace business donated the latest-technology
DESOTHANE(R) HD basecoat/clearcoat for repainting the first Dassault Mystere
20 production aircraft, which was restored for the 50th anniversary
celebration of its first flight.

COLORFUL CELEBRATION - The first Dassault Mystere 20 jet was repainted by STTS
Group with a PPG Aero ...

COLORFUL CELEBRATION - The first Dassault Mystere 20 jet was repainted by STTS
Group with a PPG Aerospace basecoat/clearcoat that affords high gloss and
durability in an easy-to-apply formulation. DESOTHANE(R) HD/CA 9008
basecoat/clearcoat will help the recreated flight-test livery in white, red,
blue, black and silver metallic retain its colorful appearance longer. PPG
donated the high-solids, chromate-free coatings for the restoration by IT
Mercure honoring the 50th anniversary of the aircraft's first flight. The
aircraft is on display on Le Bourget Airport's tarmac, in front of the
Advanced Air Support facility, June 17-23, after which it returns to the
French air and space museum, Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace, at Le Bourget
Airport for permanent display. (Photo credit: Dassault Aviation)

The restored Mystere 20 business jet with serial number 1 will be on display
on Le Bourget Airport’s tarmac, in front of the Advanced Air Support facility,
through June 23, after which it returns to France’s air and space museum,
Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, at Le Bourget Airport for permanent display.

According to Gilles Brosseau, PPG sales manager, South Europe, maintenance,
repair and overhaul, and Herve Matthys, PPG sales manager, South Europe,
original-equipment manufacturers, PPG provided Desothane HD/CA 9008
basecoat/clearcoat because of its aesthetic, application, performance and
environmental benefits.

“For the best business jet of its age, PPG Aerospace offered its best
technology of today with brand-new Desothane HD/CA 9008 basecoat/clearcoat,”
Brosseau said. “The painters applied it on a very tight schedule and said they
especially appreciated the short cycle time allowed by this scheme, with an
astounding appearance and gloss for both solid and metallic colors. We wanted
the Mystere 20 to look good today and for years to come.”

The aircraft was painted white, red, blue and black with silver metallic wings
and belly to recreate the flight-test livery, then clear-coated for enhanced
durability and increased color and gloss retention.

STTS Group, Europe’s largest specialist aerospace painting and sealing
company, repainted the Mystere 20 jet at its Le Bourget facility after
restoration by IT Mercure, a nonprofit aircraft restoration association. PPG’s
technical service team in Gonfreville, France, worked with Dassault, STTS and
IT Mercure.

PPG has assisted IT Mercure and Dassault on other aircraft restorations,
including a Mercure regional jet and several fighter aircraft such as a Mirage
4000, Mirage III and Mystere II, Matthys said, adding that PPG was glad to be
part of this team that benefitted from the professional painting expertise of

High-solids, chromate-free Desothane HD/CA 9008 basecoat/clearcoat consists of
a heavily pigmented basecoat that provides color in one coat, instead of the
typical two or three coats, saving material and application time. The
clearcoat provides extended service life, improved buffability and a smoother
surface that is easier to clean.

Brosseau said that Desothane HD/CA 9008 basecoat/clearcoat also can be used as
part of a completely chromate-free exterior system qualified to SAE
International’s Aerospace Material Specification 3095A.

For the Mystere 20 repainting, though, at Dassault’s request, he said PPG
supplied DesoGel EAP-12 pretreatment and DESOPRIME(R) CF/CA 7049 primer for an
alternative complete chromate-free system.

Dassault said the Mystere 20 was renamed the Fan Jet Falcon 20 at the request
of its first customer, Pan American World Airways, and helped usher in a new
generation of business jets leading to today’s Falcon business jet line.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG
Industries. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer of
aerospace sealants, coatings, and packaging and application systems. PPG
Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft
windshields, windows and canopies.

About Dassault Falcon

Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets
throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace
company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents. Dassault
Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of
Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both
France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It
employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first
Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,250 Falcon jets have been delivered to 81 countries
worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the
tri-jets – the Falcon 900LX, and the 7X – as well as the twin-engine 2000LXS,
2000LX and Falcon 2000S. For more information, visit www.dassaultfalcon.com.

About STTS Group

STTS is the largest specialist aerospace painting and sealing company in
Europe. The company was founded in Toulouse, France, in 1986, and today
operates 35 industrial sites in six countries worldwide. For more information,
visit www.stts-group.com.

About IT Mercure

IT Mercure is a nonprofit association established in 1995 to maintain the last
Mercure jet, a single-aisle regional jet developed and manufactured by
Dassault, which was given to the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget
Airport by the former Air Inter. Based at Le Bourget, IT Mercure restores old
aircraft for display. Many of its members are former aerospace workers, mainly
from Dassault and Air Inter companies. For more information, visit


PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and
specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability
and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer
products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces
in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global
headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the
world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York
Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

Desoprime and Desothane are registered trademarks of PRC-DeSoto International,

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