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Landlocked Aviation Services Refinishes US Marshals Aircraft

A U.S. Marshals Service aircraft is getting a fresh coat of paint by Landlocked Aviation Services in Oklahoma City.

Crews stripped the paint off the aircraft before sanding, priming and coating it. The entire process will take about 10 days from start to finish.

The work takes place at a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility owned by AAR—a major aviation service provider and long-time friend of Landlocked.

“Over the years, through MROs like AAR, we have painted and done quite a bit of work on US Marshals aircraft,” said Reed Friese, vice president of operations for Landlocked. “They are a valued customer, and we’re happy to work with them again.”

The aircraft is used as part the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS), which is the largest transporter of prisoners in the United States. JPATS supports the federal judiciary, US Marshals district offices and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

On average, JPATS transfers more than 1,000 prisoners a day.

Prisoner movements take place for a variety of reasons, such as to testify at a trial, serve a sentence at a facility or transfer between institutions. Prisoners are also moved for pretrial hearings, competency examinations, medical studies and observations.


Because of its diverse business model, Landlocked has remained strong during the 2020 outbreak of Covid-19, company leaders said.

“We remain active despite changes to this year’s schedule as a result of the virus,” said Friese. “We are adapting and focusing on delivering the best value for our current customers, as well as making the value of our service known to new perspective customers.”

Landlocked refinishes a wide variety of aircraft, from private jets, to passenger airliners, to military aircraft.  It also provides mod and line maintenance, washes, and storage.

Since Landlocked crew members are considered “essential,” they have been able continue serving customers while taking safety precautions to limit exposure.

“Landlocked continues to do its part in supporting the community by training and employing individuals of all backgrounds, and by serving the aviation industry, including our friends in the military,” said Friese.


The U.S. Marshals Service was the first federal law enforcement agency in the United States. Federal marshals have served the country since 1789, often in unseen but critical ways. Approximately 3,571 deputy U.S. marshals and criminal investigators form the backbone of the agency.

The duties of a the U.S. Marshals Service include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending federal fugitives, managing and selling seized assets acquired by criminals through illegal activities, housing and transporting federal prisoners, and operating the Witness Security Program.

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