MD-80 Cowling Desk

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MD-80 Cowling Desk

MotoArt’s MD-80 Cowling Desk is the latest in our new line of stunning, aviation-inspired furniture introduced this year: The MD-80 Collection.

The MD-80 Cowling Desk enjoys all of the fine craftsmanship that MotoArt is known for in creating the most beautiful aviation furnishings, but with a new touch.
It all begins with the retired American Airlines MD-80 engine nacelle cowling. They are carefully hand-cut, then loaded onto a truck and their journey continues. They are driven from the airplane boneyard in Roswell, New Mexico to MotoArt Studios in Torrance, California.

Like all of the exquisite furnishings that are created here, the team labors for hours to bring back the former shine and form that the MD-80 first rolled out of the factory with.
This is where the MD-80 Cowling Desk differs from anything MotoArt has created in our twenty years of making the most unique and iconic aviation furniture.

Super 80 Desk

The MD-80 was the last American Airlines plane with a polished aluminum tri-color livery. The Super 80 was designed to carry more passengers and cargo further, from shorter runways in larger cities, at a lower seat-mile cost. Part of its economical design was this buffed silver finish, avoiding the extra weight, and thus higher fuel costs, that a painted fuselage presented. The silver finish became an aviation icon in its own right – a beautiful, shiny livery that stands out amongst the composite bodies beside it.

In keeping with the spirit of the Super 80, our Mad Dog Cowling Desk remains true to the original. We’ve kept the original rivets, paint and every detail as it was designed. Each is color sanded and lightly polished to accent the natural patina and texture of the original airplane skin. The result is not only an incredible desk but also truly a piece of aviation history.

Like the Mad Dog Wing Desk, this makes the MD-80 Cowling Desk to be well within the reach of the rest of us. It shares all of the same high-quality workmanship our furniture is known for, with the same eye-catching appeal, without the price tag.


Our base model features: 

  • Many hours of labor to acid wash, grind, sand and patch each cowling 

  • Rich, finely sanded hardwood is stained in a black and cut to fit for the smooth, elegant end caps.

MotoArt’s 20th Anniversary

Celebrate with us as we ramp up to our 20th anniversary next year. Our MD-80 Cowling Desk is just one of the many exciting things we have in store. Subscribe now to receive our new e-blasts so you don’t miss a thing.

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  • Rich, finely sanded hardwood is stained in a black and cut to fit for the smooth, elegant end caps.

Custom Aviation Furniture

Make this handcrafted desk your own, with customizations that will set it apart from the rest.

  • Choose a satin or mirror finish and really make this the center of attention. A mirror finish is achieved by our craftsmen spending dozens of hours hand polishing – and it shows. It will have everyone passing by stop to check out their reflection. A real show stopper.

  • Even the wood accent pieces can be matched to your desire. No need to stay with black when there is an array of other finishes and colors to choose from.

The sky – and your imagination – is the only limit here.


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