Stunning furniture crafted from a retired MD-80
Here’s your chance to own part of an iconic airliner and forever redefine your workspace. The MD-80 was the last American Airlines plane with a polished aluminum tri-color livery. The Super 80 was designed to carry more passengers and cargo further, from shorter runways in larger cities, at a lower seat-mile cost. Part of its economical design was this buffed silver finish, avoiding the extra weight, and thus higher fuel costs, that a painted fuselage presented. The silver finish became an aviation icon in its own right—a beautiful, shiny livery that stands out amongst the composite bodies beside it.
In keeping with the spirit of the Super 80, the Mad Dog Desk remains true to the original. The team at MotoArt has kept the original rivets, paint, and every detail as it was designed. Each stabilizer is color sanded and lightly polished to accent the natural patina and texture of the original airplane skin. The result is not only an incredible desk but also truly a piece of aviation history.
It all begins with a much-loved American Airlines MD-80 T-tail horizontal stabilizer. Each one is individually hand-lowered by a lift, then hand-cut by a small crew. They are carefully loaded and driven from the airplane boneyard in Roswell, New Mexico, to MotoArt Studios in Torrance, California. Each Mad Dog Stabilizer Desk requires over 100 hours of labor to remove the elevator from the airplane, then acid wash, grind, and sand each section. Half-inch aluminum plate legs with gusseted design are methodically welded together to enforce a strong and aesthetically striking base. Holes are machined out to decrease weight. The legs are powder-coated in black chrome and then further defined with polished aluminum faceplates. Rich, finely sanded 3/4” hardwood is stained in a black and creates a warm contact point when pulling up to the pilot position of your desk.
• Mirror polish finish
• Custom fabricated, powder-coated legs
• Polished aluminum glass stand-offs
• 1/2” tempered glass top
• 8’ in length or shorter
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