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Senior pays $370 a month to live in a grounded jetliner in the woods
The interior is a home through and through.
Luis Gaskell
01.10.23

Ever sat on a nice flight and thought to yourself “I wouldn’t mind living like this”?

A cozy airplane might not be everyone’s idea of home, but it was for this man.

Bruce Campbell lives in a home made for the skies. It’s an old Boeing 727.

Campbell’s love for aircraft goes as far back as his teen years.

He recalls being a 15-year-old and seeing an “airplane boneyard” on TV.

It was a field of retired aircraft that wouldn’t take to the skies.

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Those out-of-commission aircraft caught his eye.

“Why just waste a perfectly good airplane body?” he thought at the time.

Indeed, while they might not be fit for the skies anymore, it seemed like a waste to just let them rust and rot away in a field like that.

But how’d he get his hands on one?

Well, he found a salvage company and hired them to find a plane for him.

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This wasn’t the best way to do it as he says. He called it a “whopper-class mistake.”

He recommends just buying an intact and functional jetliner and doing the parts-stripping yourself.

There’s something a little funny in his recommendation.

It sounds like he expects the average person to be able to afford one of these!

In fact, he paid $100,000 for his.

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And he had to spend extra to turn it into the home it is now.

That included a shower, sink, portable washing machine, and a fridge.

Of course, he purchased the furniture necessary to make the interior look nice.

The furniture and appliances amounted to another $15,000.

But you can’t deny he put it to good use.

The inside of this plane is a home through and through.

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He sleeps on a futon sofa and has a little corner for his hobby, which is restoring electronic devices.

He calls it his own “nerd cave.”

You’d be hard-pressed to find any other grounded aircraft that are as comfy to live in as this one.

The outside shows the magic he did to keep the plane supported.

Some clever wooden beams in a staggered pattern support much of the fuselage.

There’s more inside too.

He’s got a microwave oven and an oven toaster.

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“I have no regrets about pursuing this vision. It’s fun. Jetliner homes are really cool.”

Bruce’s monthly expenses are about $370 per month.

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That’s about $220 in property taxes and the rest is maintenance such as electricity.

Though Bruce is missing one thing. He visits Japan often because his “sweetheart” lives there.

His sweetheart is not as keen to live in an airplane as he is, so they live separately for the time being.

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This is what motivates Bruce to start a new project.

He’d like to build a similar home in Japan one day so he can be close to the people he loves.

For now, he’s enjoying life in his little airplane home near the woods.

He gets visitors too, and you bet he’s enthusiastic to show off his unique living space.

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By Luis Gaskell
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Luis Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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