Do you think Living On a Jet Plane? Maybe yes, but only while traveling. But Oregon Retiree Bruce Campbell Turns a Boeing 727 into a Home.
The former electrical engineer Bruce Campbell turned a Boeing 727 he bought in 1999 into a home in Portland, Oregon. Reuters has photos of the space. After modifications, 65-year-old Campbell’s aircraft dream home cost him $220,000. He spends six months out of the year living there, alternating between Portland and Japan.
In addition to his current home, Campbell is hoping to buy a bigger Boeing 747-400 to convert into his home in Miyazaki, Japan.
Hidden between the pines, propped up on two massive concrete pillars – is a Boeing 727 passenger jetliner.
At first, you might think it has crash-landed there and had been salvaged.
Between the 1960s and late ’80s, Boeing 727s were some of the most widely used planes by major international airlines – but, as they began to be phased out in the 1990s, their prices dropped.
Retired planes are usually ground up for scraps – but in 1999, a man by the name of Bruce Campbell purchased one of these iconic jetliners – with very specific plans in mind.
When we think of passenger jetliners, we think of cramped legroom and being stuffed like sardines between sweaty strangers.
But when you clear a plane of its seating and take a moment to walk through it, you begin to realize just how huge commercial aircraft really are.
With its huge floor space, a Boeing 727 can carry up to nearly 200 passengers, their luggage – as well as a flight crew, food trolleys, emergency equipment and more.
When all of that is cleared away, what’s left is essentially a huge hall, ready to be used in whatever creative ways its owners can come up with.
A Boeing 727-200 stands at 34 feet and 11 inches (a little over 10.5 meters) tall, boasts a wingspan of 108 feet (32 meters), a length of 153 feet and two inches (nearly 47 meters) and a floor space of 1,066 square feet.
Bruce lives on his Boeing 727 alone – but he’s never lonely.
The plane’s extensive floor space and infrastructure offer ample space for multiple people, and Bruce doesn’t hesitate to share.
Often, backpackers and curious adventurers stay over for several nights, and Bruce happily shares his shelter with them. He insists no compensation is necessary, and if you happen to be in the area, he would gladly share his home, providing you email him ahead of time!