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    Posted 13 years ago

    popguru
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    On first appearance, this looks to be a Boeing sign. However, it is not flat. It is about 28.75" in diameter, and has a profile of 1.5". It's shape looks like it could be a hubcap, but I can't find any info on what it might be. You can see on the inside, there appears to be a circular wear pattern about 3 inches in from the edge, all the way around. Also, in faint grease pencil, it looks like "#1125". That could really be from anyone though. Please help.

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    Comments

    1. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 13 years ago
      Boeing is into a lot of things, this my have been a sign from a building or from a semi-truck.
    2. JOY REARDON, 13 years ago
      it's from a 707 landing gear from the 1960's
    3. popguru, 13 years ago
      Joy, would you happen to have any pictures or information to validate? I'd love to have a source to know the history of this. Thanks.
    4. popguru, 13 years ago
      If it is off a landing gear, it could never be used full time for the obvious reason that it would fall off. At most, it would have a been used for ground displays. This would explain why it is so hard to find a photo of one. But as crazy as it sounds, it certainly has the appearance of being a wheel cover.
    5. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 13 years ago
      I disagree about hubcaps falling off.................look at pictures of the old Stearman Bi-Planes, they had hub caps.....so did many earlier aircraft. might send a pic to some avation group like the EAA for example....
    6. JOY REARDON, 13 years ago
      look at the 737 to see what i'm talking about and on the 707 the landing gear get pulled up in the plane after take off ok
    7. popguru, 13 years ago
      Joy, I found this photo of a 737, and I can see what you talking about and it makes sense : http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/Boeing_737-522_-_Smart_Wings_-_OK-SWU_-_LEMD_-20050410140058b.jpg

      However, in this photo of a 707, it looks like the landing gear fully retracts into the belly and the wheel would not be exposed and there wouldn't be a need for an aerodynamic cover. http://www.airports-worldwide.com/img/wikipedia/general_958770751.JPG

      But the 737 landing gear has definate possibility. I'll do some more digging and see what other models might have the same set up. The color of this disc reminds me of the old Southwest colors, but I think the belly was red, and this seems to predate that a bit.
    8. popguru, 13 years ago
      The mystery deepens. The chief archivist at Boeing has no idea what it is either.
    9. Roger, 12 years ago
      The wear pattern on the back???if it was laying in my barn it would be used as a cover on my 55 gal barrel to keep the mice out of the chicken feed. Wear pattern looks to be abut that size..just a guess.
    10. popguru, 3 years ago
      Resurrecting an old post just to get some fresh eyes on it.
    11. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      OK, I'll bite...? :-) I think I see a few small holes near its edges, which make me wonder if it could have indeed been a 'building sign' mounted on standoffs with backlit neon (or etc) immediately behind it, making a 'silhouette' sort of display...???
    12. popguru, 3 years ago
      There is only one hole at the bottom. Presumably to drain water however it was mounted.

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