Aviation art

Aviation art

12 June, 2012
Cool gadgets and furniture made from aircraft parts

Aviation fanatics have got to love this: furniture made from airplane parts!  Motoart, a Los-Angeles company, with sales offices throughout the world, including Hong Kong, creates cool beds, mirrors, desks, you name it, from vintage airplanes.
Our favorite (so far) is this limited edition B-25 Bomber Airplane desk pictured above.  Sleek in design and rich in aviation history, the aluminum frame, once covered in cloth, is exposed to reveal design details of the elevators and rudders used to form this fine piece of furniture.

The Mitchell Bomber drew its name from General Billy Mitchell who believed the small twin engine craft could be launched from aircraft carriers, even though it was not designed for the short takeoffs and landings. The Mitchell Bomber was used widely in the Pacific Ocean during WWII, with its most famous attack launched from the USS Hornet during Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo on April 18, 1942. All 16 B-25’s crashed after the attack with 11 crews bailing out over the Pacific, one crashing in Russia and another in China. Because of the Doolittle Raid’s impact on Japanese morale, the attack is considered a major turning point in WWII.

Originally designed as a medium altitude bomber, several were fitted with .50 caliber machine guns and ran low-level strafing missions at treetop altitude over Japanese targets in New Guinea and the Phillipines. The durability of the B-25 was best illustrated by an airplane under the ground crew of the 321st Bomb Group. Patches performed 300 missions and over a half a dozen belly landings, the gutty aircraft sported over 300 patched flak holes when it was finally decommissioned.
Check out more cool furniture by Motoart at: www.motoart.com

By: Ecozine Staff


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