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June 14, 2017
Now you can buy handcrafted furniture and accessories made out of aviation parts from Boeing and its heritage companies.
The collection is available through the Boeing Store Custom Hangar Catalog.
Pieces range from $50 for a gift-boxed pen made from a 747 circuit-breaker tab, to $5,900 for an industrial-chic bench built around the leading-edge from a 727-200 jetliner wing. There's also a $9,500 wine bar made of aluminum and stainless-steel taken from the engine case of a retired DC-9/MD-80 airliner.
In a press release, the Boeing Store said buyers and craftspeople for Custom Hangar climb through aviation boneyards and storage searching for pieces that can be refurbished and finished by hand.
Most of the artifacts have logged numerous hours of service, gaining a patina that is retained in the finished pieces.
The metal surface of an engine blade from an F-4 Phantom II fighter jet ($90), for example, was naturally discolored by the high temperatures reached as the jet hit speeds up to Mach 2.2. An aluminum window frame ($695) from the first jumbo jet model, the 747-100, has lines of rivets that withstood the strain of more than 100,000 hours in the air.
You can see and purchase the items at BoeingStore.com under Custom Hangar, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.