We’ve shared some pretty unique homes with you over the years – ones made from lighthouses, boats, and even old shipping containers. Here’s a new one for you: an airplane.
Retired Oregon electrician Bruce Campbell has made a home out of an old Boeing 727. Campbell bought the plane over a decade ago and has since spent countless hours transforming it into a residence.
Campbell says he bought his Boeing after being inspired by a Mississippi hairstylist who did the same. He has made it his life goal to prevent retired airliners from being used as scrap metal, and he hopes to inspire others to do the same.
"[My goal] is to change humanity's behavior in this little niche," he says.
Campbell spends six months out of the year living in his 727, and he plans on buying an old 747 in Japan and soon spending the other six months of the year in that plane as well.
The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) applauds people like Campbell who have found a meaningful use for old airliners.
"AFRA is happy to see aircraft fuselages re-purposed in a range of creative ways," AFRA spokesman Martin Todd said. "We would want them to be recovered and be re-used in an environmentally sustainable fashion."
Campbell lives modestly in the home – he sleeps on a futon and prepares food with a microwave or a toaster oven. But that is fine by him. He did not undertake the project in order to live a lavish lifestyle. He did it to enjoy the process.
“I think most people are nerds in their heart in some measure,” he said. “The point is to have fun.”
Here are a few pictures of Campbell with his prized possession: