There can’t be too many people who would see an old airliner as a perfect place to live. But when Oregon man Bruce Campbell purchased a retired plane for $100,000, he had a vision. He had the imagination and skill to set about turning the passenger jet into a home. And the result of this flight of fancy is a piece of real estate which is really something else.
Campbell is a self-confessed “old nerd.” As a former electrical engineer, the 67-year-old retiree has spent much of his life pursuing technological achievements. He has never married and claims on his website to be “socially inept.”
However, while Campbell may think of himself as a geek, that does not mean that he is averse to adventure. That is probably why he purchased a ten-acre plot in the woods outside Hillsboro, near Portland, OR, when he was a young man in his 20s.
Campbell’s original plan was to build himself a home on his acreage using freight wagons. But that was before he came across the self-explanatory Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association. And after he had aligned himself with this international non-profit group, there was only one possible structure Campbell could use in his house build.
The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association believes in the preservation of retired airplanes. However, the advocates of antiquated air transport do not simply want to restore aircrafts. Instead, the movement believes that the superannuated structures should be converted into other uses – such as homes.
Indeed, Campbell expands on this green thinking about grounded aircraft on his website. “Retired airliners are profoundly well designed,” he enthuses. “[They] can last for centuries (with effective corrosion control), are extremely fire resistant, and provide superior security. They’re among the finest structures mankind has ever built.”