Bruce Campbell, a retired electrical engineer of 64 years, has always had a very creative vision. When he was in his early twenties, he paid $23,000 for a 10-acre plot of land in the hills of Hillsboro, Oregon, with a clear vision of what he wanted to do with it. He transformed an old aeroplane and a large plot of land into the most unique home on the planet.
Campbell has always had a penchant for tinkering with old objects and inventing new ones. His plan for this plot of land was to use it to construct a home for himself, a home he hoped to construct out of various freighters. It appeared to be a very innovative plan, until Campbell learned about a home built by someone else. Bruce Campbell learned about Joanne Ussery, a hairdresser from Mississippi, about two decades after he devised his plan. She’d purchased a Boeing 727 and converted it into a home. After her previous home burned down, she decided to renovate a functional aeroplane next to a peaceful river.
Campbell decided to purchase a Boeing 727 aircraft from Olympic Airways for $100,000 in 1999. He needed to transport the massive vehicle to the Oregon forest when he bought the plane. This transportation proved difficult because the plane had to be imported from Athens, Greece. The transportation costs eventually amounted to around 120,000 dollars, implying that he effectively paid 220,000 dollars for the plane. Though the plane was worth every penny to him.
The plane’s interior has all of the amenities you could want. Many of the plane’s original components, such as some of the original seats and the toilet, have been preserved. Campbell went so far as to install a washing machine and a sink. The Boeing 727 has a lot of space, but Campbell lives in his unusual home quite modestly. He sleeps on a futon, cooks with a microwave and a toaster, eats mostly cereal and canned food, and constructs a lot of his own improvised equipment.