Lonely Planet Writer

Oregon man makes old Boeing into unique home

When a plane can no longer take to the sky, Bruce Campbell of Portland, Oregon, thinks they can make a good home on the ground.

Bruce Campbell stands outside his airplane home.
Bruce Campbell stands outside his airplane home. Image by Great Big Story

Bruce Campbell’s airplane abode was featured in a YouTube video by Great Big Story, a video network that tells people’s interesting stories online.

“Jetliners are basically flying homes”, he explains in the video. He notes that while some people might find living in a Boeing 727 odd, for him “it’s always felt completely natural”. The home has a large living room, a shower, functional lavatories and a tool bench where he works.

Campbell sees the logic in living in a plane. “Jetliners retire at the rate of about three per day, for the most part I think we shred them”, he said, adding that then homes are built after a home-size structure was just broken down. If you were an extra-terrestrial looking down on this behaviour, you would wonder whether this species has all its marbles in place or not.”

Campbell chronicles his efforts here.

Watch the video here.