The Boeing Store Custom Hangar has launched its new collection of handcrafted furniture and accessories made out of actual aviation artefacts from Boeing and its heritage companies.
Offerings include a bench made from a 727-200 jetliner wing slat; a B-17 Flying Fortress propeller blade; and a sleek bar made from the engine of a DC-9/MD-80 airliner.
Buyers and craftspeople for the Custom Hangar climb through aviation boneyards and storage facilities in search of rare artefacts that they refurbish and finish by hand. Each piece is placed in a museum-quality mounting fabricated using authentic materials such as aviation-grade aluminium, steel, and titanium.
Most of the artefacts logged numerous hours of service, gaining a patina that the Custom Hangar craftspeople work to retain. The metal surface of an engine blade from an F-4 Phantom II fighter jet ($90), for example, is naturally discoloured by the high temperatures reached in generating sufficient thrust to propel the jet at speeds up to Mach 2.2. An aluminium window frame ($695) from a 747-100 features lines of rivets that withstood the strain of more than 100,000 hours in the air.
Despite the scarcity of the artefacts, this isn’t an out-of-reach fantasy collection. Pieces range in price from $50 for a specially gift-boxed pen made out of a 747 circuit-breaker tab, to $5,900 for an industrial-chic bench built around a leading-edge slat removed from the wing of a 727-200 jetliner, to $9,500 for a gleaming aluminium and stainless-steel wine bar made from the engine case of a retired DC-9/MD-80 airliner!
The Custom Hangar is often spotlighted on the Boeing Store blog, The Runway (https://runway.boeingstore.com/), where Custom Hanger staffers share secrets of the artifacts and their refurbishment.
To get your own piece of aviation history, visit BoeingStore.com and click Custom Hangar