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Boeing 727 Y2K "Midway 2000"

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“I have seldom met an airplane I didn’t like.”
- Clay Lacy

It doesn’t seem impossible that Clay Lacy is one of the top three pilots in the world logging the most flying hours, not when you consider he piloted his first aircraft at the age of 12 and earned a flight instructor rating by 16. Between his career as a United Airlines pilot with 41½ years of incident-free flying and time spent in the California Air National Guard, Clay has managed to fully immerse himself in the business of innovation – even revolutionizing air-to-air cinematography with his Astrovision camera system which was used in Top Gun, Armageddon, Con Air and many more blockbusters.

A philanthropist holding 29 world speed records, multiple inductions into aviation halls of fame, as well as innumerable awards and honors of flight and even writing, Clay Lacy has been called the “flyingest man in the whole world”, renowned as one of the most versatile pilots in the history of powered flight.

OUR PLANES STORY

Despite all the anticipated havoc of the Y2K “millennium bug”, it should come as no surprise that an aviation legend and industry pioneer like Clay Lacy would be raring to rush headlong into the unknown, even as the rest of the world tentatively celebrated with bated breath. Determined to be the first to greet the year 2000 and finally see what all the fuss was about, Clay flew 40 guests in this Boeing 727 toward the most speculated new year in memory. Flying from California to Hawaii, and then on to Midway Island, Clay guided his plane across the International Date Line just in time to greet the very first moments of January 1st, 2000, with all aboard triumphantly soaring into the future before all others around the globe. Clay then landed on Midway Island, celebrating the end of 1999 and ensuring he and his passengers were also the last people to ring in the New Year again.

In celebration of the living legend Clay Lacy and his spirit of adventure, you can own a piece of Y2K history with a commemorative PlaneTag cut from the fuselage of this monumental “Midway 2000” plane.

    FLYING WITH HOLLYWOOD

    What do Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, Shirley MacLaine, Mia Farrow, Johnny Carson, and John Travolta all have in common? They are among the many celebrities flown by Clay Lacy. In 1964, Clay flew the first private jet into Van Nuys Airport to offer demonstration flights to the Hollywood celebrity set, leading him to fly "just about everyone in Hollywood". Forever changing the standard of private travel for celebrities, executives, politicians and more, there is hardly a piece of the modern aviation world Clay Lacy hasn't transformed with his vision. 

     

    CHARITY

    $3.00 of your purchase will be donated to the Clay Lacy Foundation.  

    SPECS

    • Type of Aircraft:Boeing 727
    • Tail#:N724CL
    • SN:19121
    • Manufacture Year:1966
    • Engines:P & W JT8D SERIES (Turbo Jet)
    • Length:153ft2in / 46.68m
    • Height:108 ft / 32.92m
    • Wingspan: 108 ft / 32.92m
    • Capacity:134
    • Range:1,900 nmi (3,500 km)
    • Cruising Speed:865–953 km/h
    • Ceiling: 42,000 ft (13,000 m)

    DISCLAIMER

    Handmade Aviation Tags

    PlaneTags are: 

    • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
    • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
    • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
    • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.

    - Please Note: Due to limited quantities, combination colors you may receive will vary.

    *Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

    PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

    Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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      AS
      02/29/2024
      Anthony S.
      United States United States

      One of few 727-100s

      I love how this aircraft was the first into the newest millennium, along with it being one of the few 727-100s to be preserved as planetags!

      LP
      02/18/2024
      Logan P.
      United States United States

      Great!

      The first 727 tag I bought! Very clean engraving and very high-quality product. Could not be happier!

      IH
      02/10/2024
      Isaac H.
      United States United States

      Tri-Jet time traveler

      A classic 727 owned by Clay Lacy who flew this across the date line between 1999-2000 for a unique passenger experience! One of the more unique tags out there.

      R
      02/08/2024
      Rie
      United States United States

      Embrace The Future

      This is another one I almost didn't buy, but I'm glad I did. The tag itself has an interesting crackle pattern - the paint didn't stand the rest of time quite as well as others - but the engraving is just as crisp and clean. I tend to carry it around New Year's and when a big change is coming along - just as Lacy flew out to catch the first glimmer of the new millennium, it's a fantastic reminder to embrace what the future holds in store. Actively chase it down, if need be.

      SI
      03/01/2023
      Stefano I.
      Italy Italy

      Piece of aviation history

      Fascinated by the plane's history "Midway 2000" it's cool to have now in my collection

      MS
      03/01/2023
      Marc S.
      Spain Spain

      727 Clay Lacy

      Beautiful Tag! Another piece of aviation history at home :).

      DB
      10/04/2022
      Dale B.

      I have a soft spot for this B727 N724CL

      I have a soft spot for this B727-100 as I was flight engineer on this aircraft for many years under Clay Lacy Aviation. As F/E on many of the trips mentioned, Rock Band U2 for their North American ELEVATION concert tour 2001, Y2K MIDWAY 2000 international date line, the CIA and Operated many gambling junkets for the high rollers of the casinos. Flew many celebrities, Paris Hilton, Patrick Swayze, legendary aviator Bob Hoover just to name a few. I also was the mechanic on this great bird and enjoyed every minute of it. The cockpit section was cut off and now sits in a aviation museum in Palm Springs, California.

      DB
      10/04/2022
      D. Baker
      United States United States

      I have a soft spot for this B727 N724CL

      Great tag! I had to buy a few of these tags as I flew Flight Engineer on this B727 for years. I was F/E on the Y2K trip to the international date line, flew the U2 rock band on their North American ELEVATION 2001concert tour. Flew gambling junkets for the casino high rollers, CIA trips, Celebrities, Paris Hilton, Patrick Swayze, aviation legend Bob Hoover and others. I also was the mechanic on this aircraft and enjoyed every minute of it.

      DS
      06/01/2022
      Dean S.
      United States United States

      Clay Lacy Boeing 727

      Very nice piece, well crafted. I'm happy!

      AD
      06/04/2021
      Alberto D.
      Germany Germany

      BOEING 727 Y2K "MIDWAY 2000"

      Very nice tag, clean and crisp detail. Wonderful tag to a wonderful aircraft!

      DW
      05/01/2021
      Douglas W.
      United States United States

      Clear impression

      Sometimes the impression on white tags is difficult to see. But this tag has a clear and distinct print. Thanks!

      MS
      03/02/2021
      Matt S.
      United States United States

      Perfect-

      Awesome tag!

      CH
      01/15/2021
      Chase H.
      United States United States

      Timeless piece of history

      This was a Christmas gift for my Grandfather, whos a former Boeing Engineer for many projects. I liked this tag so much I plan to buy one for myself as well!

      DD
      01/13/2021
      Dale D.
      United States United States

      Flight Engineer Y2K Midway Island International date line flight

      Love this Plane Tag as I was the Flight Engineer for this historical flight into the year 2000. This flight more than likely put the crew and passengers aboard N724CL in a unique category as being the first people into the year 2000. It was a fun and exciting to be apart of this and thank you MotoArt for saving a little piece of my history.

      PT
      01/05/2021
      Peter T.
      United States United States

      Especially meaningful for anyone who flew out of VNY in the 80's and remembers this 727 towering on the ramp.

      PG
      12/07/2020
      Philip G.
      Australia Australia

      Nice peace of nostalgia

      Excellent purchase

      DK
      12/04/2020
      Daniil K.
      Russia Russia

      Perfect as always

      Thank you very much for perfect item, as always at Planetags! Excited to have one more tag!

      FC
      11/14/2020
      Fabrizio C.
      Italy Italy

      Great historic 727 Tag

      As usual very high quality prodcut and service from Planetags.

      AM
      10/03/2020
      Akhil M.
      United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

      Have not received

      I have yet to receive my item. I was told a follow up was being done. Waiting for an update.

      MA
      09/03/2020
      Matthew A.
      United States United States

      Prestine Quality

      Tag arrived earlier than expected. Great condition! Super happy. Thanks again!

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