Old aircraft artefacts become office accessories
Buy your boss a B-52 bomber seat for a big bundle of bucks
Motoart, the company behind retro aeroplane furniture like the C-130 Hercules wing conference table, the Boeing 727 engine cowling valet desk and the MK-84 bomb casing ten-gallon fish tank, are proud to present the B-52 Stratofortress ejection seat office chair.
Originally from Southern California, the artists/sculptors/metal-workers collect various interesting bits and pieces from aircraft graveyards dotted all around the US and then turn them into something useful - with the added factor of making them extremely cool and sought after.
Well, boys, I reckon this is it - nuclear combat toe to toe with the Roosskies
And extremely expensive.
Truth be told, regardless of how awesome it might be to pretend you're Slim Pickens - with When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again playing in the background - given the price tag some of the other items go for on the Motoart website, it might actually work out cheaper to trek out to the Mojave Desert, find some cool leftover aircraft components, bring them home and buff 'em up yourself.
Pricing details on the B-52 ejection seat office chair aren't given on the site. We suspect it's very much a case of if-you-need-to-ask-you-can't-afford-it...
Been there , done that
Over twenty years ago my best mate Jim got married and I was his best man. I had to give him something special as a wedding present so I looked and asked around, one of my other mates just happened to mention that the military research establishment where he worked had thrown out a Martin-Baker Mk1 ejector seat( these were propelled by a cut down twenty five pounder howitzer shell) and that he had purloined it. Well, I leaned on him a lot and he finally sold it to me for seventy quid, the best damn present I ever gave anyone, though the new missus wasn't too keen on it even though I gave her some boring china plates. The consensus amongst us lads was that if the wife didn't work out she could always test the seat for Jim.Strangely, some years later she ran away with an IT manager!
Well, I found it under a rock in the Mojave Desert
and dragged it home in the pickup.
But I'm afraid I saw you coming, so that'll be 5,000.
No, pounds. Sterling.
That such unsafe stuff is being sold. I mean - look at the number of legs...... You had better hope that health and safety dont spot that its one short of a jobsworth.....
I am sure i watched a series about this company on the Discovery channel a few years ago... could be wrong (but very rarely am, apart from when it comes to spelling)
ok after about 10secs of searching i proved myself right, the program was called wingnuts, looks like its been cancelled though.
Ejecting downward in the Buff?