Douglas DC-7 N390AA


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Soplata DC-7

The DC-7 was Douglas’ last major piston engine-powered transport aircraft. Built 1953 - 1958, it entered the American Airlines flagship service on its New York-Los Angeles route, becoming the first airliner to offer nonstop transcontinental service in both directions, flying westbound against the prevailing winds. 44924 began its career with American Airlines in 1956, eventually being converted to a freighter in later years, most notably with Ortner Air Service in Ohio. Walter Soplata acquired its cockpit and other fuselage sections during the 1970s from the Ortners. MotoArt continues the dream to preserve the newest aircraft in the PlaneTags fleet.

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. Collect them all!
  • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display


Originally introduced with 69 all first-class seating, the DC-7 was designed with a luxurious interior featuring tan, white, aqua and turquoise fabrics and leathers accented with gold and silver. The aircraft was said to “set the mood for a Millionaire Dream Vacation in such gay holiday spots as New Orleans, Jamaica and Havana”.

Passengers enjoyed large picture windows, improvements to air conditioning and sound proofing for additional comfort. Offering amenities travelers can only dream of today, the DC-7 had an eight-passenger Sky Room with facing seats as well as a five-seat Sky Lounge.

Designed when airlines were aiming for luxury in the sky, it was said that “The DC-7 flying today will supply the service and luxurious refinements expected from air transports of tomorrow.”


  • First Flight: 18 May 1953
  • Produced: 1953–1958
  • Wingspan: 117 ft 6 in
  • Length: 108 ft 11 in
  • Height: 28 ft 7 in Loaded
  • Weight: 126,000 lb Weight, Empty: 66,305 lb
  • Top Speed: 360 mph Service
  • Ceiling: 27,900 ft
  • Range: 4,920 mi
  • Crew: 3 Pilots - 2 Flight Attendants Max
  • Cap: 69 Passengers
  • Original Cost: $1,750,000


The Coast-to-Coast Piston Engine Airliner


The Douglas DC-7 was the first commercial aircraft capable of flying passengers non-stop from east to west across the US against the jet stream. The flight took a little over 8 hours, but was unrealistically scheduled to land under the 8 hour mark in order to circumvent the Civil Air Regulations domestic flight crew limit of 8 hours flight time in any 24-hour period.

1954- sky full of planes - DC-7  flickr photo by  x-ray delta one  shared under a  Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license   

The fastest piston-powered commercial plane in 1954, the DC-7 boasted a speed of 6 miles a minute. It was also the first commercial aircraft built with heat-resistant and lightweight titanium. The DC-7 marked the end of an era as the last of Douglas’s piston engine airliner designs, beginning with the DC-2 in the 1930s. When replaced by jet aircraft in the late 60s, DC-7s found use with travel clubs and as fire fighting aircraft.


Joining the American Airlines fleet April 5, 1956, our DC-7B, Serial Number 44924 was converted to a freighter in September of 1959. After years of service, Walter Soplata received the cockpit, fuselage sections and wings from Ortner Air Service in the late 70s, the plane was then stored for over 3 decades on the Soplata farm in Newbury, Ohio.

Thanks to Mr. Soplata’s dedication to safeguarding and collecting some of the most iconic aircraft ever produced in the U.S. PlaneTags is now able to save this historic aircraft from further decay by offering a piece of quintessential aviation history to enthusiasts and collectors who share this passion.

From The Soplata Collection of PlaneTags

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  • International Shipping: 8-15 days
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- 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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    Anthony S.
    United States United States

    Fan of old propliners

    I love old prop planes and this DC-7 is no exception. One of the few DC-7s that still has paint and the crazy weathering from it enduring the elements are so cool to look at and have. Seriously one of a kind in every tag.

    Jordan M.
    United States United States

    Nice Yellow

    I was initially attracted to this tag due to the color, but the more I read about the history of this plane, the more excited I got to purchase it. Great product!

    Logan P.
    United States United States

    Beautiful and full of history!

    I am so happy with this tag! A Beautiful polished one that reflects almost as good as a mirror. Great piece of history to own!

    Isaac J.
    United States United States

    Legendary Aircraft

    Classic plane from a legendary manufacturer.

    BRUCE B.
    United States United States

    Treasured scrap metal

    I treasured this tag because I flew this plane for Ortner Air in 1972/73. Luckily I bought 3. I've used one as a key chain and the image has disappeared. I hoped the image would be more durable.

    Erik S.
    United States United States

    DC-7 Plane Tag

    One of my all time favorite tags from MotoArt!! A must have for any collector.

    Alexander O.
    Germany Germany

    A wonderful piece of history

    It is always great to have a plane tag, because you always know that this little thing has flown a lot of Miles and has visited different places all over the world. The planetag of the DC-7 in particular came with a kind of Green patina and in the well known Quality of motoart. And second special thing is the shipment of my planetags - they always „board“ a Boeing 777-F of Southern Air for their journey to Germany! ;-)

    Cathy H.
    United States United States

    DC-7 Planetag

    Awesome tag with great quality!

    Todd S.
    United States United States

    Memory of Flight

    I bought these plane tags for my dad for Christmas. He is a pilot and worked for McDonald Douglas on the MD11 in Long Beach. He loved them and appreciated the gift. My purchases were easy and website is great to review tags. Thanks

    James F.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Legendary aircraft

    Lovely tag, fascinating history. Brilliant!

    Dorian A.
    United States United States

    Wear and tear

    I now have about a dozen Plane Tags, in my collection, and each one is unique. It’s obvious this aircraft has been around for a while and probably had a hard life towards the end. It definitely has the wear and tear to show for it. Thank you for salvaging such an historical plane, and allowing us to own a small piece of it.

    Tom S.
    United States United States

    Not as expected, deeply scared piece of aluminum.

    I had previously ordered two other tags that I was very pleased with. The DC-7 tag arrived and I was very disappointed, the tag had numerous deep scratches making the printing impossible to see. To there credit they did offer to replace the tag if returned it which I did. It was never received and my error was not keeping the tracking number so my loss of $30. Lesson learned.

    Chad M.
    United States United States

    Love plane tags

    Having over 20 tags, I also look forward to ordering the next one. Looking forward to seeing some Canadair and De Havilland from Plane Tags.

    Roger M.
    United States United States

    Great Collectables for Vintage Aircarft Collectors

    My experience has always been great. I am an avid airplane model collector and aircraft memorabilia. Moto Art Plane Tags is a very innovative collectors opportunity to buy actual metal pieces made into luggage type tags.

    James E.
    United States United States

    DC 7

    Very impressive each and every time not only the aircraft types, the history, the look... just awesome

    William P.
    United States United States

    Great piece of history

    Crafted very well.and durable