C-119 Flap Airplane Desk

C-119 Flap Airplane Desk

Built to much higher standards than ordinary, mass-produced executive desks;  the C-119 airplane Flap Desk is built limited quantities from a flap of the C-119.

Luxury is clearly defined  as a 3/8” glass surface, hovers over the top of the piece. Customized to match the contours of the flap, it exposes the rivet detail and handsome intricacies of its construction. The legs are made of 4” x 8” architectural aluminum I beams. The legs are lightened by cutting radial holes at the top and bottom and are then powder coated for a rugged black wrinkle finish.

C-119 Airplane History

Known as “The Flying Boxcar” was used as a cargo plane was built between 1947 and 1955, originally replacing the C-82 “Packet”.  Deployed during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the C-119 began as a troop and cargo hauler, it was later fitted with weapons of war. The AC-119G “Shadow” sported infra- red instrumentation, armor plating, fire launchers and mini-guns. The Shadow was later upgraded to the AC-119K “Stinger” and was outfitted with turbo-jet engines.

Additionally, the C-119 was deployed for aerial recoveries.   Deftly recovering balloon-borne instrument packages and film from the Corona spy satellite program, the C-119 holds the world record for the first successful recovery of film from an orbiting satellite. It also was the first aircraft to perform an airborne film recovery from an object returning from Earth’s orbit.

After the Vietnam War, the C-119’s were used by the U.S. Forest Service to battle wildfires. In 1987, after a series of crashes, the C-119 was deemed too dangerous to fly and all planes were taken out of service.

High Flying Production & Features

  • 120 man-hours of labor painstakingly cutting, grinding, polishing and buffing the flap produces a mirror finish
  • The flap is not square, so the glass surface is cut to conform to its shape
  • Available in many different colors or simply high gloss aluminum