Aviation Aesthetics: Second Flights for Salvaged Aircraft

Designers are putting salvaged aircraft to fun and innovative home use.
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  1. 727 Fuselage Home

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    While sleeping comfortably on an actual flight can be challenging, hoteliers offer gracious accommodations on grounded, converted models. At Costa Rica’s Hotel Costa Verde, for example, a retired 1965 Boeing 727, soaring 50’ high, offers unobstructed views of the rainforest and ocean. “Executive Suite 727”, accessible by spiral stairs, is an air-conditioned two-bedroom suite that sleeps six and features Java teak paneling, a kitchenette, and a large deck.

    Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica
  2. Helicopter Cottage

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    If a jumbo jet is too massive for your party, the Winvian Resort’s "Helicopter Cottage" offers a cozier respite. Outfitted with a swanky bar and entertainment center, the restored 1968 Sikorsky Sea King Pelican HH37 sits inside a hangar-like space.

    Winvian Resort, CT
  3. Boeing Home

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    Tom Bennington, a former Eastern Airlines pilot, is converting Boeing planes into homes through his Tennessee-based company, Max Power (named for the power setting on takeoff). A 100’ x 12’ flying machine can be retrofitted to accommodate two bedrooms and two baths, and the wings can be turned into outdoor decks.

    Max Power Aerospace, Inc.
  4. Airline Rolling Carts

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    “Our common bond is that we all have the sky,” says Oscar Garcia, co-owner of Flight Studio Design gallery and store in Miami’s Wynwood District. He and wife Yvette, frequent flyers who happened to meet on a flight, curate a collection of aviation-inspired pieces, including rows of airplane seating, beverage carts, paintings, and sculptures.

    Flight Studio Design
  5. Rudder Desk

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    Though Moto Art co-owner/designer Dave Hall would rather be “one of the guys in the backseat with a cocktail... instead of flying the plane,” his passion for dismantling graveyard planes and transforming them into limited-edition functional sculpture is completely proactive. While desks and conference tables are the ten-year-old company's biggest sellers (clients include Red Bull and GoDaddy), the fuselage partitions for home, office, or retail shop make great space.

    Moto Art
  6. Turbo Duffle Bag

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    Did you know that airlines must replace fire-retardant seat covers after just nine washings? Matt Mahler, a former engineer and eco-minded entrepreneur, quickly learned about sturdy aircraft upholstery and leather after a budget travel magazine article inspired him to start making carryalls out of reclaimed fabrics. His Raleigh, North Carolina-based company, Tierra Ideas, donates 10% of sales to the Nature Conservancy.

    Tierra Ideas

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