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Aero California - McDonnell Douglas®️ DC-9-30 Serial#: XA-SWH



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The Colors of Sunny Baja California

The newest PlaneTags are here - a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, resplendent in the vintage Aero California livery. The rich yellow, orange, red, and wine colors were intended to evoke images of sunny Baja California Sur, the home of the airlines' headquarters in La Paz, Mexico from 1960 - 2008.

The DC-9 came off the Douglas Aircraft production line in Long Beach, California in 1965 - just one more amazing design from the unrivaled Douglas aircraft lineage. Douglas Aircraft designed and produced dozens of incredible wartime aircraft, as well as a succession of popular passenger jets including their workhorse, the DC-9.

Designed mainly for short to medium routes and servicing smaller airfields, the DC-9 was not dependent on ground services that these airports lacked; it featured its own auxiliary power and built-in airstairs. The DC-9-30 variant sported a longer fuselage, extended wing tips, and was built to compete with the Boeing 737. A total of 662 DC 9-30s were assembled.


MotoArt is thrilled to have preserved XA-SWH, the 450th DC-9-30 built, which first took off into clear wintery skies in January 1969. After spending her first 25 years flying for Alitalia as “Isola di Pianosa,” XA-SWH spent her final 12 years with the Aero California fleet. Read more about it on our PlaneTags blog.

Our DC-9 transported passengers between major destinations in Mexico, California, and Arizona before finally being withdrawn from service in 2006. MotoArt acquired the airframe in 2020, rescuing it right before being scrapped and lost forever. XA-SWH and its beautiful livery will be preserved as a PlaneTag - ready to soar through sunny skies again.

McDonnell Douglas®️  DC-9-30


  • Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
  • Serial #: XA-SWH
  • Seating: 115 Seats
  • Wing Span: 93.4 FT
  • Length: 119.3 FT
  • Height: 27.5 FT


  • Max Takeoff: 108,000 LB
  • Range: 1,740 MILES
  • Altitude Capability: 42,980 FT
  • Ceiling: 35,000 FT
  • Max Speed: Mach 0.84
  • Engine (2×): Pratt & Whitney JT8D


PlaneTags are Handmade Aviation Tags

  • 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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    Roberto P.
    Mexico Mexico


    Flew XA-SWH for many years as Capt! Aerocalifornia From1988-2008! Until airline went belly up in July 14, 2008

    Anthony S.
    United States United States

    Sunset colors

    I love how the colors off this aircraft remind me alot of sunsets and one of the older and few Mexican airlines that still have the livery!

    Anthony E.
    United States United States

    Great Aero California PlaneTags

    Got some great combos of this fantastic Douglas aircraft. The colors on these combos really pop, especially the rojo. Couldn’t be happier to add these two to the collection. Thanks MotoArt!!!

    Yuri G.
    United States United States


    Aero California DC-9 32 Series Tail# XA-SWH 0806 of 5,000 A nice Latin/Mex white tag (for a low fare/price) of an Aircraft built in right here in Long Beach California. I was seduced by the livery, yet I love the white look of my tag, another tag ended up as a gift for a friend that had been not just a pilot but an instructor as well of the DC-9 back in Central America. He got my Anaranjado/Orange color tag.

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    Mike G.
    United States United States

    2nd PlaneTag, 1st PlaneTag Purchase

    After stumbling upon a Hawaiian Airlines PlaneTag on another site, I bought my first PlaneTag. Two days later I found the PlaneTags website and purchased my second PlaneTag, an Anaranjao Aero California. And thus began the addiction! Thanks and keep up the outstanding releases!

    Liam P.
    Australia Australia


    Good, I mean what more is there to say?

    Paul K.
    Canada Canada

    McDonnell Douglas®️ DC-9-30 Serial#: XA-SWH

    Really like the tag and enjoy using it! Friends are curious about its colours and origin. I have a sentimental attachment to this plane as my father worked at Douglas building DC-9s, and it brings back fond memories. A great tag!

    JOSE J.
    Mexico Mexico

    Great design!

    I bought all the colors of this aircraft! They are great!

    Alina C.
    Italy Italy

    Still hot by mexican sun

    Perfect condition item, as reported in the title, it seems to feel still the hot on the surface of the fuselage during parking in some mexican airport. It's always with me in the home keys and it's protected by a transparent plastic case. Thanks Dave

    S P.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Super Planetag

    Tag is excellent quality, fast delivery. Lovely to have this piece of aviation history

    Joaquin G.
    Germany Germany

    DC 9 AeroCalifornia Tag

    The tags are great. Not only of superb quality but there is also a wide selection of aircraft. Both rotary and fixed wing. I highly recommend them to those who love aviation, who flew the aircraft types or those who simply like aviation. Keep them coming!

    James F.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    On the road to Amarillo!

    This tag is so bright it’s unreal. The yellow really screams out “I’m here!” It’s so vibrant! You cannot go wrong with this tag, all colours are outstanding and it’s difficult just to choose one!

    Douglas W.
    United States United States

    Light etching

    You have to look closely to see the etching on this white tag. Kind of a shame since it's a nice design.

    Erik S.
    United States United States

    Combo...a must have!!

    Aero California Plane Tags offer some great combo colors. Beautiful tags!!

    Alberto D.
    Germany Germany

    Aero California DC-9

    Very nice planetags with vibrant colors! A lasting tribute to a classic aircraft I first flew with in 1967. I can only recommend these! Keep up the great work, MotoArt!