Flashback Friday: The Aeroplane Flies High

After the largely successful release of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the Smashing Pumpkins’ next major release was a box set of all five singles from the album. The Aeroplane Flies High (TAFH) box set was named after the song featured on the Pumpkins’ last single Thirty-Three.

The release included all of the songs from the multi-singles releases, as well as a number of previously unreleased covers such as Clones (We’re All), A Night Like This and Destination Unknown.

TAFH topped the Billboard chart at #42 in 1996 and was certified both Gold & Platinum on January 27th 1997. Rolling Stone gave TAFH four stars out of five when it was released.

The art work and design of the box was done by Frank Olinsky who was also the art designer for Mellon Collie. Originally, there were four different designs submitted to Billy Corgan, as well as a prototype box (as seen in the picture on the left). The prototype was apparently left behind by Billy Corgan in a dressing room after a Smashing Pumpkins concert. The box was later sold on eBay.

The box set was originally limited to 200,000 pressings, but this was extended to an additional 250,000 according to SPfreaks.com