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Furniture With Wings

By Christa Terry

I have a love-hate relationship with aviation. I’m petrified of flying, though I’ve been doing it regularly since I was a baby and continue to do so because of familial responsibilities. I’ve piloted a small aircraft — an experience I found at once terrifying and exhilarating. And I’m fascinated by the physics of flight, even if the thought of speeding along 30,000 feet above the ground seems a tad, oh, I don’t know, reckless?

Maybe it’s just the feelings of delightful terror talking, but I think I’d like to own my own piece of aviation history, a la MotoArt‘s somewhat intense creations.

albatross couch

The Albatross tank couch is by far my favorite piece. What is that thing? Apparently, it’s a pontoon with more rivets than you can shake a stick at. Like all MotoArt’s creations, you have to request the price, which means it’s automatically waaaaay out of my price range. *sniff*

C-119 credenza

Using a C-119 Aileron and a B-707 Damper Valve (ooh la la!) MotoArt designed a credenza with custom wood cabinetry, turned aluminum laminate, internal illumination with florescent & LED lighting.

bomber desk

The B-727 desk consists of the elevators from the famous “Mitchell” bomber. The skeletal aluminum frame once hidden by cloth is now clearly visible and beautifully finished with a metallic powder coat color of your choice. I’m not sure what kind of elevators they mean — maybe I don’t want to know!

EDIT: TeleriB explains “The elevators are those little flaps on the airplane’s tail, and they control whether the nose points up or down. The airplane changes elevation depending on whether it’s pointed up or down, hence the name “elevator.””

bomb table

This piece is a fanciful little reminder of just what planes can do when people are bent on destruction. The MK-84 table is constructed from deactivated MK-84 tail fin assemblies. Each piece is internally illuminated and is topped with 3/8″ thick 40″ diameter tempered glass…to withstand the blast, perhaps?

3 Responses to “Furniture With Wings”

  1. TeleriB Says:

    You’ve actually got the B-727 desk featured, which is a cowling (the tube part that goes over the jet turbine). The elevators are those little flaps on the airplane’s tail, and they control whether the nose points up or down. The airplane changes elevation depending on whether it’s pointed up or down, hence the name “elevator.”

  2. sky Says:

    So this is very interesting and if I was the person who had everything, I’d consider owning some of these original pieces. But really, they’re too wierd for me.

  3. Never teh Bride Says:

    Thanks for the correction, TeleriB! I fixed that and added your note about what elevator means in this context.

    And with a name like sky, how can these be too weird for you? 😉

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