If you happened to stumble across this home, you’d be forgiven for thinking there had been a terrible airplane accident. That’s because Bruce Campbell, a retired electrical engineer, lives, believe it or not, in retired Boeing 727 fuselage. The industrious recycler Bruce has had his old plane placed in woods near Portland, Oregon, where he lives happily amongst some of the original seating and even the airplane-style toilet. Bruce believes every old plane should be ‘upcycled’ like his has been, declaring on his website, “Jetliners can, and should, be transformed into wonderful homes – retirement into an aerospace class castle should be every airliner’s constructive fate. They should never be mindlessly scrapped.”
He has transformed the inside of the plane into a workable living space, as you can see in the images below.
Bruce’s aircraft is propped onto concrete pillars.
Bruce has worked with as much of the original material of the plane as possible. Check out the cool entranceway…
He’s made the inside of the plane into a comfortable living space, although he says it is still a work in progress.
Bruce lives in the plane for six months a year, spending the rest of his time in Japan, where he is also arranging to buy old fuselage to create a second aircraft home.
The cockpit of the plane serves as Bruce’s reading room.
He has crafted a makeshift shower, and has made the toilet usable.
Bruce paid $100,000 for the old plane back in 1999. The costs of moving it and then what he’s spent since total another $120,000.
Bruce says there’s a lot of fun things about living on a plane, “It’s a great toy. Trick doors, trick floors. Hatches here, latches there. Cool interior lights. Awesome exterior lights, sleek gleaming appearance, titanium ducts. Star Trek movies in a Star Trek-like setting,” he notes on his website.
He thinks all planes should be made into homes, commenting on his site, “Shredding a beautiful and scintillating jetliner is a tragedy in waste, and a profound failure of human imagination.”
If you want to live in a plane you need both the money to buy and transport it (a big cost) as well as land to put it on.
Bruce notes that jetliners are incredibly strong and durable and they will withstand any earthquake or storm.
It may be unconventional, but maybe Bruce is onto something?
If you found this interesting then you might enjoy this post about a Boeing 727 that was transformed into a luxury hotel.