We recently found out about some cool aviation-themed luggage tags, and they make for the perfect gift for the pilots in your life!
AviationTag has been taking original airplane parts off and from what were once real-life airliners and turning them into premium, one-of-a-kind designer and collector’s items since as far back as 2006. In 2015, we had the idea of making the world a little bit better by upcycling scrapped airplanes into our special Aviationtags.
Alongside commercial planes like the Boeing 747 or the Airbus A340, we have also given historical aircraft like the DC-3 “candy bomber” a second life as an Aviationtag. But this also allows us to preserve important and interesting parts of aviation history.
Limited-edition Piper PA28 series, also known by its alias Archer II, took to the skies for the first time in 1976. The design of the single-engine plane immediately impressed and has been left unchanged for 20 years. With more than 35 years of flight experience, our D-EBRI is one of the first Archer II models ever built.
It epitomises the dream of flying like no other aircraft – so it’s no surprise it is one of the most produced planes of all time.
PA28 series – crafted for all daydreamers and high-flyers ready to live the dream.
Limited-edition Cessna 150 series is crafted from the DNA of one of the most successful two-seater all-round planes. Entire generations of pilots all around the world have learned to fly with this aircraft type, making it the number one in the ranking of the most successful and popular private flight instruction and sports aircraft.
After a 50-year career as a high-winged plane, the Cessna 150 D-EOMO has now been reborn as your Aviationtag.
The Antonov AN2-R. Based on the designs of the Russian airplane engineer Oleg Antonov, the world’s largest single-engine biplane still in use went into production in 1947 in the Soviet Union. The customer at the time was the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, giving rise to its nickname “kukuruznik”, meaning corn).
It was 17 November 1967 when our Vickers VC10 from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) completed its maiden flight for the British Royal Air Force. Shortly afterwards it was registered as XV-106. In an official ceremony it was then christened the “Thomas Mottershead VC” after a legendary sergeant a short time later. In 1977, the aircraft had its first royal encounter when it appeared in the Finningley Royal Flypast in honour of Queen Elisabeth II and her Silver Jubilee.
On 27 July 1979, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew then flew with the XV-106 to Lusaka to attend a Commonwealth meeting.
In 1994, the VC10 was repurposed as a tanker and cargo plane until it was finally taken out of commission in 2012 and has now been reborn as your royal Aviationtag.
Limited-edition DC 3 Series is crafted from the left wing of the historic C-47B-30-DK – better known as the “candy bomber”. On its mission during the Berlin Airlift in 1948/49 the candy bomber ensured the survival of many Berlin citizens. Afterwards it travelled half the world – from France to Indonesia – before returning to Germany, where it made its very last flight together with the historic Ju52 on October 30, 2008 at five to midnight from the world’s longest serving airport – Berlin Tempelhof – thus ending the era of the “mother of all airports”.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is our first all-military transport aircraft. Built in 1967 in Marietta / Georgia by the Lockheed Corporation with the serial number 4235, it was in operation for over 50 years all over the world for the British Royal Air Force under registration XV209.
The special version for the Royal Air Force was dubbed the C-130K. The basic series was the Hercules C.1, which was then upgraded into the various different British models. Our Hercules is the Hercules C.3A for Special Forces operations. During the Falklands War it was also additionally equipped with an aerial refueling nozzle.
In 2013, the XV209 was retired from service and then ultimately recycled in St. Athan (Wales) in 2018. Now it is embarking on its second life as our Hercules C-130 Aviationtag edition!
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The F-GLZI was completed in Toulouse in 1995 with the serial number 84 and went on to fly 22 faithful years under the Tricolour for Air France. The A340-300 was based in Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and accommodated 275 passengers for the scheduled service of Air France. After circling the globe many times over, on January 19, 2018, the F-GLZI embarked on its last journey – to live on forever as an Aviationtag.
The Boeing 757-200 was delivered to British Airways in Renton in 1986 with the manufacturer serial number (MSN) 23492 and line number 89, originally as a passenger aircraft. BA christened it “Belvoir Castle” and registered it as G-BIKW.
In 2001, British Airways retired the Boeing from its fleet and in 2003, European Air Transport converted it into a purely cargo aircraft with the registration OO-DPK. As of then it flew as “operated for” DHL.
In 2010 it was re-assigned to ETA Leipzig and given its German registration: D-ALEH. Shortly before the end of 2018, the Boeing 757-200F was decommissioned and parked in Castellon, Spain. This year, it was finally upcycled by Aviationtag into a special anniversary edition celebrating 50 years of DHL.
Limited-edition A340 series shares the DNA of Swiss’ “flying ambassador”, the A340 HB-JMK, also known by its alias Aarau. The Airbus A340 ranked among the largest aircrafts in Swiss’ fleet and travelled half the world over its 20-year tour of duty for Swiss. Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Shanghai were among its destinations. After 20 years in the skies, it is ready to embark on a new chapter as your Aviationtag.
Limited-edition Boeing 747-B-HUI series is crafted from the skin of a legendary Jumbo Jet, which rose to global stardom at Cathay Pacific for its spectacular arrivals at Kai Tak airport. After 22 years of service for Cathay Pacific, the four-engine aircraft completed its last official passenger flight on September 30th, 2016 to Taipei. Together with the B-HKT and B-HUJ, our Queen of the Skies brought the passenger service of the 747 era to a close for Cathay Pacific. It and its predecessors transported more than 160 million passengers around the entire world.
With the HS-TJF, we are now also proudly welcoming the world’s largest twin-engine airliner, the Boeing 777, into our fleet. In September 1997 it left the Boeing factory in Everett bearing the Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 27731 and was delivered to Thai Airways, where it was registered as HS-TJF.
The Star Alliance member then christened the B777-200 “Phanom Sarakham”, an administrative district in the Chachoengsao Province in the central region of Thailand.
In 2016, the HS-TJF was decommissioned and initially parked in Bangkok before then being transferred “with an overlay in Dubai” to Cotswold airport in the UK, where it was finally scrapped in late 2018.
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Which one is your favorite? I just ordered the DC-3 “Candy Boomer” one, it will look great on my Flight Outfitters Lift flight bag!
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Last updated on October 16, 2020 by Senne Vandenputte