Introducing the Air Force Flight Test Museum Case Study® Furniture chair by Modernica. The Fiberglass Shell Chairs were originally designed in 1948 as an entry in The Museum of Modern Art’s International Design Competition, and are easily one of the most important and recognizable designs of the twentieth century. The chairs are manufactured using the same machinery that created the original fiberglass scoop chairs. Each fiberglass shell is created by hand, one by one, in Modernica’s Los Angeles factory. This chair collection launch features two of the flight test aircraft in the museum’s collection, the iconic SR-71 Blackbird and the F-117A Nighthawk. These planes were photographed by renowned artist/photographer Jim Krantz and are printed on a textile that is embedded into each chair during the manufacturing process.
As a part of our ongoing fundraising efforts to build the New Air Force Flight Test Center Museum and Education Center outside of the gates at Edwards AFB, we are offering levels of donation opportunities supporting Phase 2 of the museum build that feature the two historic aircraft in the Museum’s collection. Each of the selected models were significant in the development and advancement of the operational capabilities of the aircraft. Donations can be made in the name of an individual as a dedication, to show personal or family support of the aircraft and museum, or in the name of a organization.
For each donation, you will receive the chosen chair, a special certificate of completion recognizing your contribution, recognition on the online contributors’ page, and a one-year enrollment as a “Friend of the Flight Test Museum.” Your donation supports the preservation of the aircraft and flight test history. Thank you.
Donations are tax-deductible under the FTMF’s 501(c)(3) tax ID # 77-000353 as a non-profit organization. (The tax-deductible amount is $550 less the total donation for the base value of the chair).