Allen Shibu, Keighley
A man from Oregon, who has already made a Boeing 727 aeroplane his home has set out to make a second home in Japan with a decommissioned 747 aeroplane which can seat up to 660 passengers.
Bruce Campbell, who spends half of the year in Japan, said he is looking for a retired 747-400, used by airlines including United, British Airways and Delta, to make a second airplane home in the city of Miyazaki.
For more than 15 years, he has been living inside of a retired Boeing 727 in Portland, converted into a home complete with a sleeping area with a cot, a kitchen, a laundry area and a bathroom – a project costing him around $220,000.
In 1999, the former electrical engineer had a vision: to save retired jetliners from becoming scrap metal by reusing them.
When Campbell was in his early 20s, he paid around $23,000 for the 10 acres on which his 727 is located in the Portland woods.
His plan was to make a home from freight vans, but then he decided a plane would be better.
He bought the 727 for $100,000 after hearing about a Mississippi hairdresser who had done it.
Campbell said airliners, free of passengers and the overwhelming amount of seats, are a ‘sheer thrill’ to live in, adding they ‘impart a near-science fiction aura to an otherwise ordinary life.’