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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk: The Frontline Fighter That Won The Pacific

July 11, 2019

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter/ground-attack aircraft was one of WW II’s most famous  fighters. The P-40 was easier to build and maintain than the other USAFF fighters at the time, and was in large-scale production such that nearly 14,000 were built by 1944, making it one of the most produced American fighters. It remained on the frontline until the war’s end. Known for its fierce “shark mouth” nose art and its versatility, it was used by most Allied countries. The famous Flying Tigers flew the P-40s in the Pacific theater and achieved notable success defending China and attacking Japan, helping to turn the tide for the Allies. 

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Boeing 727 VP-BDJ: The Original Trump Force One

June 14, 2019

Throughout the long and varied career of Donald J. Trump, he has owned and flown in some of the most lavish planes imaginable. From his Trump Force One personal planes, his Trump Shuttle airline and now his vision for the newest Air Force One - all of them are Boeing and every one of them a luxury plane.  VP-BDJ was one of these opulent flying palaces, befitting a brash and flamboyant businessman.  Take a closer look at the original Trump Force One.
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Inside the Stratolaunch: The United Boeing 747 Behind the Giant Plane

June 06, 2019

It took 8 years, hundreds of people, 2 of the brightest minds, and 2 United Airlines Boeing 747s to get Stratolaunch to its successful first flight on April 13, 2019. While the future of the massive plane and the dreams of making it a reliable air-based launch platform for delivering payload into space are in question, it undoubtedly is now part of aviation history and one for the record books. The dream of Paul Allen and Burt Rutan also attracted the interest of MotoArt owner Dave Hall so when he found one of the 747s at the Mojave boneyard, he knew for sure he wanted a part of it too.
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Ten Awesome Aviation Gifts Your AVGeek Dad Will Love

May 30, 2019

Shopping for a Father’s Day gift or want to get something special for your favorite AVgeek? Here are ten great aviation gifts any airplane enthusiast will enjoy, chosen by MotoArt PlaneTags owner Dave Hall for Father's Day 2019.

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Flying High In A DC-6

May 22, 2019

1967 was a notable year in history. The Vietnam war and protests against it, riots and civil unrest, the Cold War heating up, the race to space and the loss of life in the Apollo 1 accident.  But it was also arguably one of the most creative times in musical history. The Beatles released Sgt Pepper, Rolling Stone magazine had its first issue, and The Monkees embarked upon a whirlwind tour in a Douglas DC-6. Read more about this plane N90739 and the role she played in the history of rock and roll. 
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Howard Hughes’ A20G Havoc: A Tough And Dependable Airplane

May 03, 2019

T he Douglas A20 Havoc, also known as DB-7 (Douglas Bomber) among other names, was a light bomber/attack aircraft used in every theater by nearly every Allied nation during WW2. Because of its superior handling during take off and landing, its ease of use with minimal instruction, and its reputation for being tough and dependable it was referred to as a “pilot’s airplane”. It’s no wonder then why SN  43-22197 was a personal plane of famed pilot and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes. And why MotoArt owner Dave Hall was so excited when he came across this plane.
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MotoArt's Functional Art: MD-80 Fuselage Bar and DC-8 Cowling Desks

April 16, 2019

MotoArt was challenged to create three stunning pieces of furniture for a client in the Czech Republic. Check out the DC-8 Cowling Desks and MD-80 Fuselage Bar that were custom made for a very happy customer.
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SR71 Blackbird: A New Perspective

April 11, 2019

MotoArt shares exclusive photos from the production of SR-71 PlaneTags. The photos were taken during the dismantling of the stabilizer and upcycling the airplane parts into beautiful handmade collectible keepsakes.
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SR-71 PlaneTag: A Keepsake From An Amazing Aircraft

April 09, 2019

The Cold War was an era filled with geopolitical strife. Tensions escalated as changes in leadership, mounting espionage, and the threat of nuclear aggression cast a shadow across the globe. During this turmoil, Lockheed’s famed Skunk Works development team was tasked with developing a strategic reconnaissance plane that could not be shot down. Their work launched several innovative aircraft, including the SR-71 Blackbird, which remains to this day the fastest manned, air-breathing aircraft ever. It was an exciting moment, then, when MotoArt owner Dave Hall found out about an SR-71 in his own backyard.
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China Airlines A340-300: Luxury and Long-Haul

April 09, 2019

China Airlines was founded in 1959 with just one C54 and two PBYs. As the 2000’s began, the airline had six A340-300s, including Tail #B-18801. Learn why this luxurious, long-haul plane was vital to China Airlines’ success in expanding its international route.  
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Southwest and its 737s: Soaring to New Heights

March 21, 2019

Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest domestic air carrier, as well as being recognized as one of America’s top companies with the public and its employees.  Exclusively using Boeing 737 aircraft, Southwest has been a profitable business for several decades, and consistently ranks number one among U.S. airlines in fewest customer complaints. Learn more about this innovative carrier and find out more about the PlaneTag.
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MotoArt Transforms A 747 Cowling Into A Grand Chandelier

March 20, 2019

MotoArt was asked by FedEx to build a chandelier for their new location in Memphis, Tennesee. To match the grandness of the building space and the client, the project called for an equally grand fixture. They chose an inlet cowling from a Pratt & Whitney 747 jet engine nacelle and went to work.
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