, 2023-01-06 05:00:41
Naveen Frank loves to collect airplane models. So much so that he takes it to work with him. Literally.
The Assistant Travel Manager at the Sharjah based Crescent Petroleum Company has 149 airplane models (at last count) in his office, disp-layed neatly on a shelf custom-made to support his precious collection.
This was a combined effort of both his own commitment to his treasure and that of his organisation to support his deep-rooted passion. ‘My bosses were kind enough to help me build this shelf in the office to display my collection. I don’t have the space for it at home, and neither the facilities to manage my collection with care,’ explains Naveen, glancing proudly at his collection in his office.
Amongst the many planes in different sizes, colours and shapes are some rare pieces such as the erstwhile Concorde from British Airways and the European Carrier Lauda Air. In addition to the Expo 2020 collection, he also has a rare Emirates Airlines A380-800 model of the Collingwood Football Club.
Some of his other prized collections include models of the Delta DL3, the first Delta Airlines passenger plane, the Antonov AN-225 Mriya – the transport aircraft that was destroyed in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the Airforce One, a collector’s item. He has also acquired off-the-shelf aircraft models of private jets as part of his collection. This includes the …
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