Manufactured in the United Kingdom by Ipeco this pilots seat was saved from a decommissioned Boeing 747-400, formally part of the Cathay Pacific fleet.
Ipeco originally won the contract as supplier of all pilots seats on Boeing aircraft back in 1985. This was after the company had already successfully fitted out the Boeing 757-200 in 1981.
After being founded in 1960 as manufacturing and fabrication company Ipeco saw an opportunity to specialise in the production of pilots seats for the aviation industry in 1970. At the time a study by the Farnborough Institute of Aviation had found that pilot fatigue could be directly linked to seat design.
From this point Ipeco went from strength to strength designing and manufacturing pilots seats for a variety of aircraft. This included different types of business jet like the bombardier CL300, military aircraft like the Boeing C-17 and also Lockheed C-130 variants. The companies relationship with Boeing endures as Ipeco was also chosen to supply pilot and observer seats for the yet to be released Boeing 777X aircraft.
The fine example here is in excellent condition and features many original components including the life vest pocket at the rear.
Aerospace and Aviation 2019
Image Credit: Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers
Sources: Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, Ipeco Holdings Ltd
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