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Avionart is Manufacturer and Dealer of exclusive high end interior decoration objects, all based on vintage Aviation parts. The DC-3 Dakota Wingtip Desk is their foremost object, converted from the wing of that WW II built flying Legend, that flew from England to the Normandy Beaches in 1944.
By now a museum piece, Avionart has gathered a limited stock of authentic Dakota wingtips from that era, a museum grade war relic that has a dual purpose, as it comes in the shape of a personal desk.
The mirror polished finish of the aluminium skin makes a rich texture with thousands of rivet dome heads, that reflect light as small lamps, a wonder of wartime craftsmanship. The elegant elliptical lines of the wingtip were designed in the early 193o's by Donald Douglas and his team, they shaped that timeless, art-deco like masterpiece of aviation, the iconic Dakota/DC-3 that still flies in remote areas of the Americas.
Hans Wiesman and Dolph Bode, both life time Dakota aficionados, run the 1999 founded Company. Hans is responsible for the supply and acts as a Dakota Hunter, who goes in search for those wingtips: he travels from Alaska mountain crash sites, to forgotten High Andes bone-yards and Amazon jungle strips.
Only very remote communities still rely on the transport of the Dakota, even in the new age the 65+ years old Sky-truck flies food & fuel to faraway forgotten places. "The Dakota flies low and slow, lands in places where no jet, boat or truck can go."
Dealing with the Military, the local tribes and many other "Heroes and Villains", the search and transport sometimes takes the format of an Indiana Jones story. Customs, Colonels and Comrades, they all try to get their fair share from that Flying Dutchman, who comes in for tracking and checking old barns, hangars, corrosion corners and crashed aircraft. By the time that the wingtips found have arrived in Europe, he has spent 3-4 trips and two years, to get it all moved out to port and overseas. But the reward for all that effort of pulling a few wingtips out of total corrosion and decay is the view of that stunning shiny desk, that stands magnificently in a private or corporate office. Avionart delivers to the new owner the photos of the sites where the wingtip was found, he proudly receives the story and pictures as a conversation piece around the very table he has purchased.
One thing is for sure, no matter what desk is in an office or study, most visitors will hardly notice, but put Avionart's polished wing in place, and people will stop and stare at it, the wow effect is guaranteed, and the story behind it makes a fascinating ice breaker.
- Product type
- High End Interior Decoration Objects, Furniture in polished aluminium.
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- 1 year 31 weeks