I had a wheel from a DC8 that I picked up in Luxembourg when I was there working for Cargo Lion. It was a good 100 pounds of titanium and I had visions of turning it into a glass-topped coffee table one day.
That never happened. When the living room had enough space to fit a piece of furniture like that into it, our son was just about eye-level to where the glass would be. So we decided that a glass-topped obstacle was dangerous, and postponed for a later stage of his life.
Later, living in the USA, once we finished building the man cave, my wheel-stand glass tabletop idea was reconsidered, but this time there didn't seem to be enough space to make it fit, so I didn't built it there either.
Finally, when we made the move back to Canada in 2013, there just wasn't enough space for it and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't make it fit into the moving van.
But I like the idea of repurposing. And I love the idea of repurposing airplane things.
So, apparently, do Brett and Shane Armstrong. This British brother duo make their living by repurposing airplane parts. Their company, Hangar 54, designs furniture and artwork from salvaged parts of airplanes, and the results are very cool. So it their slogan: Back to Life.
Take, for example, their time zone wall displays. Crafted from fuselages and shined to a mirror finish, these are ideal additions to any corporate boardroom with aviation interests.
Or barstools fashioned from ejection seats. Or a reception desk/bar crafted from a cowling.
These bespoke creations come with price tags that match the quality and excellence of the pieces. For example, a leather sofa made from a Corsair jet fuel tank is listed at £25,000.