We all loved paper airplanes in our youth. But for one young man, a paper airplane has turned into a labor of love that caught our attention—and millions of others across the world.
All photos courtesy of Luca-Iaconi-Stewart.
Back in 2008, 22-year old Luca Iaconi-Stewart of San Francisco started making a 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777-300ER using only manila folders. Today, he’s just a few months out from finishing his masterpiece. We talked with him earlier this week to learn more about his passion.
“I was inspired by my love of aviation and technology and never expected it to grow into what it is now. I never would’ve started if I’d known it would take this long,” he told us.
He started off simply enough by using a can to trace the circular cross section of the airplane. Then, he worked the fuselage, eventually turning to a computer and Adobe to help in the process.
Luca studied photos and airplane planning documents he found online for dimensions. Someone sent him a training manual which proved to be even more helpful. Throughout the process, he’s worked one step at a time and kept his focus narrow so he didn’t get lost in all the detail.
“It evolved over time. As my abilities evolved, so has the project.”
Luca’s work has impressed all of us here at Boeing, including 777 vice president and general manager Elizabeth Lund.
“Luca’s work is remarkable and highlights the beautiful design of the 777. I am thoroughly impressed by his craftsmanship and replication of our design,” Lund said.
Luca chose the 777 for its “aesthetically pleasing” qualities and will use Air India for the livery. He plans to finish up the project this summer. Today, he tipped his hat to the Boeing employees who bring the real 777 to life.
“I give them a lot of credit. I can’t imagine what it’s like to build them all the time. I love the airplane for the visual perspective and when I think of the whole operation, it’s astounding. It must be a cool job.”
The man behind the masterpiece. Thanks for sharing Luca.