As you get closer to your retirement age, you start to think about what you’ll be doing with all that extra free time you have on your hands. You’ll probably imagine yourself boarding a plane at least once a year to go on those trips you never thought you’d get the chance to go on. But did you ever imagine living inside a plane itself? Well, one man must have. His name is Bruce Campbell, and he’s used his money and his innovative engineering skills to buy and repurpose a retired Boeing 727 aircraft fuselage so that he could turn it into a sustainable home out in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon.
Bruce Campbell is one lucky man because he spends a whole lot of time literally living aboard a plane.
Campbell spends 6 months out of the year in Japan, and the other 6 months, he spends aboard a Boeing 727 aircraft fuselage, which he reconditioned so that it would serve as an interesting home away from home.
He uses concrete pillars to prop up the massive 3-engine commercial airliner deep in the woods.
The 10 acres he’s been using cost him $23,000 back when Campbell was in his 20s. The plane itself cost him $220,000. And even now, he’s hoping to buy another Boeing 747 fuselage to refurbish in the same way as he did the original plane.
The plane contains convenient retractable steps that allow Campbell to go up and down as he pleases.
There’s a lot of work that he still has to do on the interior to make the plane livable, so he’s always looking for items that he can repurpose to fit his needs. But there’s still a lot of work for him to do before he gets to that goal.
The plane is a work in progress and Campbell would like to add more features to make life easier.
He is currently working on adding a working lavatory, but as you can see, there’s already a sink in place in case he needs to wash his hands or any dirty dishes. He even brought in a washing machine to take care of his laundry.
Given that he’s an engineer, you can expect to find a bunch of gadgets lying around the fuselage.
He’s got a phone, a printer and other electronic gadgets all over the place, but he still needs a couple of other things to restore the plane’s original interior, hence why he’s so invested in finding another fuselage to get parts from.
Campbell designed the area so that it would have a driveway of its own for added convenience.
When he gets home, all he has to do is climb up the steps and he’s home, and once he’s gotten all the plumbing sorted out, he’ll be able to read while he sits down on the toilet. In the meantime, he’s taking advantage of life in the wilderness.
This retired airliner might have been scrapped had it not been for Campbell’s innovative home idea.
It would have been a waste of resources had the fuselage been shredded. Fortunately, he managed to give the old plane new life, and now, it’s giving him a chance to kick off his slippers and put his feet up on the couch while he works on his laptop and comes up with ways to improve the plane.
There’s plenty of unused space inside the fuselage and a lot of work that needs to be completed.
Campbell wants to add some of the original seating and lights. In the meantime, he’s incredibly grateful that his home is virtually immaculate and doesn’t require a lot of cleaning because it’s essentially a sealed pressure canister.
You might not know this, but planes are strong, and built to last, and can withstand most elements.
In the event of a powerful storm or an earthquake, airplanes are the safest place to seek shelter in. But on quiet nights, this Boeing 727 shines like a beacon with all the lights Campbell had installed, and it looks like such a peaceful place to live with all the trees surrounding it and the starry night sky above.