If you’ve always wanted to take a piece of a 747 home with you but don’t have space in the backyard, Boeing has been listening to your concerns.
Starting this holiday season, the aerospace manufacturer is selling a collection of discarded airplane parts—some upcycled into other products, some not—through their new online Custom Hangar store.
The store, which features dozens of objects ranging from a table made from the core of a jet engine to control sticks and engine bearings, has already been selling the parts like hotcakes to artists, interior decorators and collectors, among others. The parts are sourced from a variety of aircraft ranging from a P-51 Mustang to commercial passenger aircraft such as the aforementioned 747.
And don’t worry…if you’re thinking about putting that pair of First Class seats in your living room but are concerned about what you might find hidden in the crevices, Boeing has already cleaned and finished all of the items for domestic use.
“It’s amazing how quickly it sells,” said James Newcomb, Boeing’s director of brand management. “We have trouble keeping stuff in stock.” According to Newcomb, he considers it ‘recycling in the best sense’.
If you’ve ever wanted to take home a piece of airplane design and engineering history to put on your wall or desk, this might be your solution. As for cheaper offerings, Boeing is also offering a collection of photographs as well.
“If people can find something they love and interact with it, it helps bring home a personalized brand experience.” Added Newcomb. “We want to make sure that those people who are interested can have us in their lives.”