When NASA revealed earlier this year one of its 3 historic structures utilized to assist Apollo rockets as well as space shuttles would be decommissioned, Mobile Launch Platform-2 (MLP-2) appeared to be doomed. That is until PlaneTags fans learned of the news. Due to a 20-year-old firm with a record for safeguarding aviation history by manufacturing goods out of discarded airplane components, the general people can now possess a small piece of space shuttle history.
MotoArt came up with the idea for PlaneTags, luggage tags made from the skin of another one of upwards of 100 different models of aircraft, from the B-29 bomber to the DC-9 airliner to the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, in addition to its business of manufacturing high-end furniture out of defunct airframes. How wonderful, remarked MotoArt’s supporters, if some of the MLP-2 could be saved in the same way and turned into a PlaneTag.
In a discussion with collectSPACE.com, Dave Hall, owner of MotoArt PlaneTags, remarked, “That’s precisely how it started.” “We have a Facebook fan group, and everyone started messaging me right away. One night, I probably received a half-dozen emails regarding the MLP’s demise.”
MotoArt had never functioned with NASA before, despite having flirted with edges of space historical record in the past — PlaneTags have been decided to make from the Titan II missile as well as the Boeing 747 that provided as a parts benefactor for the Stratolaunch carrier airplane — and Hall had no idea if an MLP-2 tag was even a potential.
“We immediately started emailing almost everyone we knew at NASA,” Hall explained. “We described what we intended to accomplish, sent them just several samples of our goods, and they were enthused about it,” says the entrepreneur.
There was only one problem: MLP-2 was no longer a NASA property by the time Hall got to the relevant people. Frank-Lin Services of Brevard in Melbourne, Florida, has been given ownership of the gigantic structure as part of its contract to demolish and dispose of the platform. So Hall boarded an aircraft for a cross-country flight to Kennedy Space Center of NASA Agency to speak with Frank-Lin, who was keen to embrace the concept — and urged Hall to join MLP-2.
Between 1968 and 2011, NASA used the 25-foot-high, 160-foot-long, as well as a 135-foot-wide transportable launch platform for more than 40 years. It was formerly known as Mobile Launcher-2 (ML-2) and powered five Saturn V deployments, such as the Apollo 12 as well as Apollo 14 moon landing flights, as well as the voyage that launched the United States’ first space station, Skylab, into the orbit.