The Aircraft Collection Melds Legends of Aviation & Iconic Nikes

When it comes to footwear, Nike is the undisputed champion of special editions. Utilizing the best talents from around the world, the monolithic brand has all but retained its title as the dominative king of collaboration — and now, Ukraine-based designer Danya Shulipa has decided to reference the company’s iconic shoes for yet another inspirational project: the aviation-inspired Aircraft Collection.

Three of Nike’s legendary silhouettes serve to comprise the ambitious Aircraft Collection. First, the Air Force 1 Utility references the historic NASA transport spacecraft, Discovery (OV-103), combining a black and white color scheme, “Discovery” branding, and a subtle NASA patch on the wing of the shoe. Next, the SF Air Force 1 takes on a life of its own as the product of the Boeing B-17G — a four-engine bomber that helped to carry out missions during WWII. A khaki upper, Air Force branding, and an aircraft-oriented pull tag that reads “Remove Before Flight,” demarcate the exterior of the militaristic example. The last item in Shulipa’s collection, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird-inspired Air Max 97, features a shadowy silhouette that pays homage to the sleek design of the supersonic reconnaissance aircraft — implementing a zippered tongue from the Air Max 270, and an outsole from Nike’s revered VaporMax Plus.

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