Most guys have probably played out this scenario at least once when they were goofing around as kids… “Mayday! Mayday! Eject! Eject!”
Of course, no-one in their right mind would allow a kid to pilot a plane, much less one that would actually require an ejector seat. This is possibly the reason why aircraft cockpits don’t come with a Keep Out of Reach of Children sticker…it just goes without saying. For those of you who have spent hours as a child pretending to be a fighter-jet pilot, we would like to introduce you to Hangar 54’s Martin Baker MK10 Panavia Tornado Ejector Seat.
Hangar 54’s founders, Brett and Shane Armstrong, venture into aviation graveyards around the world looking for unique parts to turn into bespoke high-end furniture. They took vintage Martin Baker ejector seats from decommissioned RAF Panavia Tornados, stripped them down, re-upholstered them in premium leather and hand polished the aluminium to a mirror finish to create truly original bar stools.
“…we sat down and realised there was a great business opportunity to create unique pieces of furniture finished to a high standard. We also liked the idea that some of these wonderful pieces from the aviation world weren’t going to be lost or wasted forever. Some items, like the ejector seats, were quite easy to look at and think of as a piece of furniture. But a lot of these parts are extremely hard to find, such as the Martin Baker ejector seats. We have got three of them at the moment.” said Brett.
Each repurposed Martin Baker MK10 Panavia Tornado Ejector Seat is priced at £8160 (US$13,400).