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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.


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.


    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. 



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


    • 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)


    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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      Alberto D.
      Germany Germany
      BOEING 727 Y2K "MIDWAY 2000"

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

      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!

      Matt S.
      United States United States

      Awesome tag!

      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!

      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.

      Philip G.
      Australia Australia
      Nice peace of nostalgia

      Excellent purchase

      Daniil K.
      Russia Russia
      Perfect as always

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

      Fabrizio C.
      Italy Italy
      Great historic 727 Tag

      As usual very high quality prodcut and service from Planetags.

      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.

      Matthew A.
      United States United States
      Prestine Quality

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

      LAURENT T.
      France France
      Bullet the blue sky !

      727 + U2 ? Great enough for me ! Great addition to my collection !

      H. Wang
      China China

      Although it took a mouth to got to my address,but the tag is really

      Michael D.
      United States United States
      Fantastic idea

      Owning a piece of aviation history has to be one the coolest things I’ve ever bought.

      Dennis P.
      Netherlands Netherlands

      Beautiful tag. Like the color.

      Jody B.
      United States United States
      Perfect 727

      Just what I wanted for a gift and arrived as promised. Family member L O V E D the item. Perfect!

      Towa N.
      Japan Japan

      Thank you very much!

      van B.
      Netherlands Netherlands
      Still waiting for my ordered product....

      Did contact customer service, no reply. Waiting for 1.5 months

      Theodore W.
      United States United States
      Clay Lacy 727

      Super tag. Loved the history of the airplane. Please find more planes like this.

      William C.
      United States United States
      B727 CLA Tag

      I love it. I flew for Clay Lacy for 4 years. I'm also a Flight Engineer on the B727. Historic aircraft and great bag tag!

      Mark W.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom
      A Boeing 727's adventure continues!

      I absolutely love this Planetag. I may not have known much (if anything) about Clay Lacy before this went on sale, but since then I have a real appreciation for the legend he is - and of course what a legendary Boeing 727 this is with such a rich and exciting history! It is hard to believe that my piece of her dates all the way back to 1966, and the tag looks fantastic! This part of her lives on with me in my everyday life, on my rucksack as I travel on the bus to work - (amongst other things such as days out and weekend aways). Thank you Motoart/Planetags!