On July 23, 1983, Air Canada Flight 143, ran out of fuel at 41,000 with 61 passengers and 8 crew members on board the Boeing 767-200. The 767 itself was only 5 months old, and the Boeing 767 had only been introduced 10 months earlier. The 767 was also the first aircraft with metric fuel gauges in Air Canada’s fleet. Due to an error in calculating the volume of fuel, 22,300 pounds instead of 22,300 kilograms had been added to the tank, roughly half of the fuel needed for the flight. The pilots Captain Robert Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal were able to glide the 767 to a decommissioned airfield in Gimli, Canada and land the plane without any major injuries to the crew or passengers.
C-GAUN continued to serve another 25 years with Air Canada before retirement. On January 24, 2008, with Pearson, Quintal and three of the six flight attendants on board, C-GAUN was flown to Mojave Air & Space Port. In 2013, it was offered for sale for $3 million dollars but eventually ended up being scrapped in 2014. MotoArt was able to save this historic aircraft from being lost forever and created a lasting memento as Gimli Glider PlaneTags. The internal structure was also preserved and offered for the first time as PlaneTags Display Racks.
For The PlanTags Collector Who Wants To Soar To The Next Level
You love your PlaneTags and you’ll love them even more when they are displayed on an actual fuselage frame structure from Boeing 757, 767 and Lockheed L-1011s. Our newest PlaneTags Display Racks are the perfect way to show off your collection and rearrange or add new PlaneTags easily – available in 20- or 40-tag sizes.
Like PlaneTags themselves, each display rack is unique, bearing the scars from their years of service, and the imperfections which are worn with honor. The display itself has its own story to tell, further adding to the history of your PlaneTags collection.
A Labor Of Love
Each display rack is a view into a world usually only seen by engineers and mechanics. The fuselage represents the talent of hundreds of engineers who worked to design a strong - and rather beautiful - technically advanced aircraft that is just as stunning behind the scenes. The lightening holes, rivets and original fuselage paint are a visual treat, but the real excitement will be seeing your treasured PlaneTags collection arranged on the hand cut, custom pegs displayed on your wall.
Our PlaneTag Display Rack Features:
- Authentic fuselage frame structure
- Smooth, rounded edges
- Quality brass fittings and custom pegs made in-house
- Heavy duty hanger
- Official MotoArt emblem
- 20- & 40-tag sizes available
20-tag Rack Dimensions
24-28” W x 36” H
40-tag Rack Dimensions
46-48” W x 36” H