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This Man Bought a Decommissioned Airplane to make a Home in the Woods

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This Man Bought a Decommissioned Airplane to make a Home in the Woods

If you stumbled upon this airplane in the woods, you might think it accidentally crashed. Then upon closer inspection, you might notice it was perfectly set up to serve as a home in the woods.

Oregon man Bruce Campbell has been making viral headlines for years thanks to his home in the woods, which is a Boeing 727-200 airplane. It has been converted into a fully functional living space. It isn’t cramped, either.

What he did, was the man purchased a whole decommissioned airplane, disassembled it to a certain extent, and reassembled it in the woods on his property.

The mighty evergreen trees surrounding this home make the perfect scene for a log cabin or something like that, but here is a piece of technology turned into a home.



Now when you look at this room, you can tell the home is meant to represent a contrast between technology and nature.


The man actually chose to go about the process differently from other home renovations. He chose to alter the way of his home, rather than adjust the home to suit him.

Much of the original equipment aboard the airplane was changed to suit the homeowner. For over a decade, the man has been putting his heart and soul into turning this airplane into his dream home.

The wings of the plane serve as a deck to stand on, and other portions of the plane have been put to use in incredible ways.

The cockpit of the airplane serves the purpose of being a reading room, and there’s a certain aesthetic to it with the original controls of the plane and instrumentation being left intact. Certain elements of the area were restored, and a computer monitor was successfully installed square in the middle of the old instrument panel on the jet.

Some of the original bathrooms for the airplane were recovered and are now fully functional, except for the fact that it has a temporary shower.

The airplane home managed to be 1,066 square feet, which has been called cozy but not cramped by any stretch of the imagination. It’s like a large studio apartment with a distinct aesthetic to it than can’t possibly be replicated.

Another detail: the floor aboard the aircraft home is transparent. Translucent panels replaced the original floor of the airplane, which allows people inside the house to gaze upon the “ribs” and “internal organs” of the airplane, giving an even more interesting vibe to the place.

In the cargo hold, storage is plentiful: that’s another benefit of an airplane house.

According to Inhabitat:

“Campbell also has plenty of storage in the cargo hold. While the wings make a great deck, he has a couple of big covered areas below them as well. He even uses the original water tank and plumbing to serve amenities like his clothes washer. The trick is to make the space habitable but maintain the feel of its original design’s purpose – to be 35,000 feet above the trees.”

To explain why he chose to live in such a thing, the man said:

“When properly executed, the remarkable appeal of a retired jetliner as a home springs from the magnificent technology and beauty of the sculptured structure itself. 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, so dust and insects can’t intrude from the outside. And they’re quite secure – when all the doors are closed and locked, they’re highly resistant to intruders. So the human hearts inside feel wonderfully safe and comfortable. And their interiors are exceptionally modern and refined, and provide a wealth of unique amenities, superb lighting and climate control, and overwhelming storage space. Once the rows of seats are removed, their profound appeal as a family living environment becomes immediately obvious.”

People are going to have to find creative ways to live in the future, because it’s getting harder and harder to even make a living. If regulations can be avoided, do it. If you can get creative to build a home, do it.

It’s a great thing to customize every aspect of your life.

(Image credit: jetsetta, inhabitat, icepop, dailymail, theblaze, inhabitat, guiltyfix, treehugger)

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Mark Radcliff is a researcher and writer from New York. His topics of interest include mapping out the world's nefarious powers and entities, DARPA, technocracy, and others.

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