When you think of mobile living, or more broadly, living in an unconventional home, what usually comes to mind? A trailer? A cabin? Maybe some kind of boat? Well, what about a full-sized 727 Boeing airplane? Retired engineer Bruce Campbell purchased a decommissioned airplane, moved it to his property, and made it his home.
Campbell hasn’t yet given the plane a full renovation – it’s only half renovated – but he lives there happily and he plans to continue working on it. As we’ll see in this article, he says living in a plane is far superior to living in house. Get your boarding passes ready and gear up for a little tour.
A Look Inside
Bruce Campbell’s home sits in the middle of the woods on his Oregon property of about ten acres. He purchased the plane for about $240,000. He spends half of his time there, and the other half he spends in Japan. He has left most of the plane’s features intact. It still has all its hatches and latches, and its cockpit.
Most of the seats have been cleared out. Campbell brought in a bed, a couch, and a work desk. He decided to keep one of the original airplane bathrooms but he has also added an additional, non-plane bathroom. The floors and walls are still original and for now, he doesn’t have plans to renovate them. He wants to retain much of the airplane vibe. He doesn’t want it to completely look like a house.
As of now, Campbell doesn’t have any real, heavy-duty kitchen appliances. He makes most of his food in a toaster oven. Or he eats canned food and cereal. The cockpit has been converted into what he calls his “cyber office.”
He enters the plane through the descending flight of stairs that come down from the plane’s belly. He still has a lot of work to do, but it’s clear to any visitor that he loves the place.
Why Live In a Plane, Anyway?
Bruce feels that living in a plane is way better than living in a normal house. He said, “Nothing compares to the exhilaration and satisfaction provided by an aerospace-class home, and many people understand this instinctively.”
He explained that “…retired airliners can withstand 575 mph winds … are highly fire-resistant, and provide superior security. They’re among the finest structures that mankind has ever built.”
Also, as an engineer, Campbell simply loves to innovate and work on big projects, so this was perfect for him. He bought his property when he was really young for only around $23,000, leaving him with no mortgage and a world of opportunity.
So while most people don’t like being on planes for too long, Campbell spends his life in one. When asked about the future, he said that next, he plans to buy a bigger plane, a Boeing 747-400, and set it up on a property in Japan