This Douglas DC-3D model is under long-term management by Aerometal International LLC. Built in 1946 with spare parts after WWII’s end, she is a magnificent flying example of a corporate DC-3.
InteriorWorks was contracted to provide a carpet solution when, during flight, an errant pot of coffee destroyed the existing carpet just aft of the galley, necessitating the removal of the entire carpet. Previous to InteriorWorks’ involvement, the carpet was installed as a 34’ long single piece of carpet, running from the main cabin door (in the rear of the aircraft), forward to the galley.
InteriorWorks proposed to split the carpet into three components: one right inside the main cabin door, and the other two covering the two passenger seating areas. To join these components into one visual piece of carpet, we fabricated two cap strips, upholstered them with carpet, and sank them into the carpet so that all the carpet is on one visual plane through the aircraft. We also recessed the hook and loop that holds the carpet to the aircraft floor into the carpet underlay, to eliminate several ridges that used to run the length of the cabin.
InteriorWorks was contracted for further work for this Aero Commander Jet-Prop 1000B, after first completing the replacement of all carpeting, which can be seen here. The owner wanted the aircraft interior to project a swift/sporty/retro appearance, which we enthusiastically developed. InteriorWorks focused on updating the trim panels, curtains, and flight deck seats in order to achieve this goal.
InteriorWorks began by removing the existing floral print tone-on-tone trim panels and curtains. They were replaced with diamond quilted synthetic suede, using contrasting thread. The existing lavatory curtain was replaced with a 3 dimensional woven textile, which we specially treated to pass aircraft certifications. The flight deck seats were reconstructed using perforated leather that matched the new carpet. For a personalized touch, we digitized and custom embroidered an Aero Commander-branded item of the customer’s onto the leather of his flight deck seats.
The finished interior is sophisticated and cohesively “swift”–reflective of the owner’s energy and dynamism.
Before, with bland gray floral trim panels and curtains (visible to the left). Note that we experimented with a Pendleton Wool trim panel covering, but ultimately decided that the pattern was too bold for this interior:
After–deep hued diamond quilted suede trim panels:
After–deep hued trim panels, new lavatory curtain:
After–new flight deck seats with custom embroidered branding: