Luscombe Phantom - Tail #NC1043



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The years between World Wars 1 and 2 - the Golden Age of Flight - was an incredible time as airplanes transformed from slower wood and fabric covered biplanes to faster, all-metal monoplanes. Civil aviation expanded, distance and speed records were made and broken, men and women pilots competed in cross country races. Donald A. Luscombe realized his dream to design and build a light, all-metal monocoque aircraft - the Luscombe Phantom.

The Luscombe Phantom, also known as the Luscombe Model 1, first flew in 1934 and was manufactured between 1934 and 1937. The side-by-side, two-seat cabin aircraft was of all metal construction, using a stressed-skin Duralumin fuselage. All components were built by subcontracted manufacturers then assembled and finished by Luscombe Aircraft Development Corporation at its West Trenton, NJ production facility. It was powered by a single 145-hp Warner “Super-Scarab” seven-cylinder radial engine. Only 25 were built.


NC1043 (serial #114), owned by Andrea and Kevin Eldridge, was the 14th Phantom built. After restoration, it will be the third of the original 25 Phantoms to fly again. The Eldridges have spent over ten years in this labor of love, researching and restoring this Phantom for its return to the skies in 2023. With painstaking care, they have returned it to its original beauty. It was recently given its landing gear for the first time in 47 years. It was also reunited with the original Super Scarab 145 hp radial engine that was installed at the factory behind the distinctive restored Watters cowling. The Eldridges have provided original material removed during the restoration project.

MotoArt is incredibly honored to offer a small run of Luscombe Phantom PlaneTags, made from the original fuselage material of NC1043. The rarity of the Phantom and its important role in those early exhilarating years of flight make this a wonderful memento of the Golden Age of Aviation. Add one to your collection now.

Luscombe Phantom - Tail #NC1043


  • Manufacturer: Luscombe Aircraft Development Corporation
  • Tail #: NC1043
  • Seating:  2
  • Empty Weight: 960 lbs
  • Wing Span:  31 ft
  • Length:21 ft 6 in
  • Height:6 ft 9 in


  • Max Takeoff:  1,725 lbs
  • Range: 486 nm
  • Max Cruise Speed:  123 kts
  • Ceiling:  15,000 ft
  • Rate of Climb:  700 ft/min
  • Engine:  1 x Warner “Super Scarab” Radial Engine @ 145 HP


    PlaneTags are Handmade Aviation Tags

    • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
    • Unique -  PlaneTags bear 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.

    *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

      Old Airframe

      Its insane how old this airframe is and how rare of an aircraft that Planetags got their hands on. I love the rivets and colors that came off of this really old plane.

      Logan W.
      United States United States

      Sleeper Tag!

      Great tag for a great price! All the patina ones I have seen are super unique and well worth them!

      Paul C.
      United States United States

      Rag wings forever!

      I love this tag for several reasons not only is it the oldest airframe in the Planetag inventory, It's the only fabric covered aircraft. I have five different colors and only need yhe yellow to complete so I'll keep looking for the Luscombe .

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      Mike G.
      United States United States

      Thin for the win!

      I love when PlaneTags collide with a restoration! What a fantastic tag - super thin with amazing original yellow interior primer/paint on the one I received! This tag is the definition of character and patina.

      Roy C.
      Canada Canada


      Another great tag from MotoArt!

      richard i.
      United States United States

      Amazing Project!

      Great thin tags and pet of such a cool restoration project!

      Theodore W.
      United States United States

      Luscombe Tag

      Great tag on an early GA airplane. Need more GA plane tags.

      Pete K.
      United States United States

      A good old piece of history.

      I just received the tag, and it you can see the markings of history on it. It is great to be able to get to hold pieces of even older planes. Hopefully, more tags of older planes to come!