Each Aviationtag bears the marks of aviation history and has imperfections, scratches and parts where the paint is flaking on the back, but that is what makes each and every tag one-of-a-kind.
Every tag is unique. Depending on the plane, tags may vary in terms of haptics, material thickness and color. Small blemishes bear witness to the plane’s long history and are an authentic reminder of its glory days over the clouds.
Royal Airforce Vickers VC10
On 17th of November 1967, the Vickers V10 of the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) on behalf of the British Royal Air Force started its first flight. Shortly afterward it was registered as XV-106 and baptized "Thomas Mottershead VC" in honor of a sergeant. The royal highlight of the aircraft was on 27th of July 1979 when it transported Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip and Prince Andrew to Lusaka, who attended a Commonwealth Meeting there. From 1994 on it served gracefully as a tank and transportation aircraft until it was decommissioned in 2012 and took to the skies for the last time on 25th of September 2013, which was also the last flight of a VC-10 in general. Now the royal VC-10 comes back as an Aviationtag!
Douglas DC-3 Rosinenbomber
The DC3 series, which is only available in limited numbers, originates from the left-wing of the historically significant C-47B-30-DK, better known as the "Rosinenbomber". In 1948/49, it was used for the Berlin Airlift, to provide citizens with food and basic necessities, before it traveled halfway around the world and then settled back in Germany. On the 30th of October 2008 at 11:55 pm, it took off for its very last flight together with the Ju52 from the oldest Airport, Berlin Tempelhof, thus ending the era of the "mother of airports". A must-have among the Aviationtags!
The history of the L-1049, also nicknamed Super Connie, begins in 1955 when it was built according to the plans of Howard Hughes and was initially in service with the US Air Force. From the 70s on, it was used as a fire fighting aircraft, where it went through eventful years. In 2004 it made its comeback as "Star of Switzerland" after it was branded by the sponsor Breitling and transferred to Switzerland. Since 2007 it is (still!) one of the few Super Constellations ever active for Switzerland under the name of HB-RSC at flight shows and therefore a rarity of a still flying aircraft among the Aviationtags!
Royal Air Force Hercules C-130
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, which was used exclusively as a transport aircraft in military services, was built in 1967 by the Lockheed Corporation with serial number 4235 in Marietta / Georgia and flew for more than 50 years for the British Royal Air Force with registration XV 209 all over the world. The designation C-130K was only given to the special aircraft that were in service for the Royal Air Force and were converted differently from the basic C.1 series. The tags were taken from the Hercules C.3A for special operations, which could also be refueled in the air. In 2013 the XV209 was retired. Five years later it was recycled in St. Athan (Wales). Now it is making its comeback as the Hercules C-130 Aviationtag Edition! Limited edition, don’t miss out!
The Boeing 757 is an enduring twin-engine airliner that was originally built for medium-haul flights, but through some modifications, over the years it has also been able to operate on long-haul routes. Production of the 757 ended in 2004 after 1,050 units were built in total. This aircraft was born with the Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 24217 and Line Number 217 in 1989 in Renton and was handed over by Boeing to Delta Air Lines. It flew until 2008 under the registration number N646DL, before it experienced its revival in 2010 after a 2-year break and then was finally retired in 2014. Thanks to some very nice pieces of original Boeing 757 skin, the N646DL will, fortunately, be preserved for posterity as an Aviationtag!
The four-engine wide-body Boeing 747 has been up in the skies since the 1960s and remained the world's largest passenger aircraft until 2005. The "hump" typical of its silhouette earned its nickname Jumbo Jet. The special Aviationtag aircraft B747-400M with the serial number 27202 was delivered to KLM (English: Royal Aviation Company) in the Netherlands in 1994, where it received the nickname "Rio de Janeiro". The 747-400M is a passenger as well as cargo airplane (also called "Combi") and was produced only 61 times in this particular version. After 23 years of reliable service for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the PH-BFR started its last journey on the 6th of December in 2017 under flight number KL747. Fans of the Boeing 747 and KLM can keep a piece of this famous aircraft as an Aviatontag!
The limited Cessna 150 Series, originates from the DNA of the reliable two-seater lightweight aircraft. Worldwide, whole generations of pilots have learned to fly with this aircraft type, which was developed especially for training purposes. This puts it in first place among the most successful and popular training and sports aircrafts. After 50 years the Cessna 150 D-EOMO gets its new destiny as your aviation day!
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