In the world today we see plenty of people being inventive when it comes to making a home for themselves.
This may just look like a Boeing 727 that has got lost in the woods, however, this is actually home to Bruce Campbell, a former electrical engineer. Bruce bought the retired 727 and transformed the airplane into his own home.
In an interview he claimed that he didn’t want the aircraft to go to waste: “Retirement into an aerospace class castle should be every jetliner’s constructive fate. They should never be mindlessly scrapped”.
This up-cycled Boeing 727 home now sits in wooded area outside Portland, Oregon.
The airplane is currently propped up by concrete pillars and has many typical amenities a ‘normal’ home would have including a driveway and shower. Bruce tries to keep most of the instruments in the airplane intact and is currently working on the lighting and seating.
Bruce goes on to explain what he finds exiting about living on the airplane:
“It’s a great toy. Trick doors, trick floors. Hatches here, latches there, clever gadgets everywhere. Cool interior lights, awesome exterior lights, sleek gleaming appearance, titanium ducts, Star Trek movies in a Star Trek like setting. It’s a constant exploratory adventure, ever entertaining, providing fundamental sustenance for a[n] old technology nerd like me. Having lots of little toys is very fulfilling. Having lots of little toys enclosed in a very big toy is nirvana.”
Bruce initially paid $100,000 for the aircraft way back in 1999. However, the cost of moving and staging it cost him another $120,000.
Bruce Campbell lives on the Boeing 727 for about 6 months per year, the rest of the time he spends in Japan….where he is hoping to buy and re-use a 747 fuselage.
Bruce feels very strongly about his home and the airplane itself: “Shredding a beautiful and scintillating jetliner is a tragedy in waste, and a profound failure of human imagination,” he says. Campbell also adds,“I don’t mean to offend, but wood is in my view a terrible building material. It biodegrades – it’s termite chow. And microbe (rot) chow. Or it’s firewood. It just depends upon which happens first. It’s a relatively weak material, and it’s secured with low tech fasteners using low tech techniques. And traditional rectangular designs are inferior structurally – they unreasonably sacrifice strength for boxy ergonomics.”
Living Inside A Boeing 727
“Jetliners are masterful works of aerospace science, and their superlative engineering grace is unmatched by any other structures people can live within…They’re incredibly strong, durable, and long lived. And they easily withstand any earthquake or storm. Their interior is easy to keep immaculately clean because they are sealed pressure canisters.”
“To me it makes no sense at all to destroy the finest structures available and then turn around and build homes out of materials which are fundamentally little better than pressed cardboard, using ancient and inferior design and building methods.”