Finding an airplane in the woods can be quite scary for some people because obviously it means that it crashed there and probably has a few hundred dead bodies in there as well. But, Bruce Campbell isn’t like the rest of us. This retired engineer has a knack for turning useless scrap into beautiful masterpieces. Read on to see what he did with this airplane.
1. DREAM BIG
Bruce Campbell, a 64-year old retired electrical engineer was always a creative guy. He recently bought a $23,000 worth piece of land in Oregon to have a quite place to do his tinkering.
2. THE INSPIRATION
Bruce heard of a woman named Joanne Ussery who bought a Boeing 727 plane and turned it into her house. Bruce was thinking about making a freight van home but replicating the woman’s idea sounded so much more fun. He had the land to do it, but transporting this kind of vehicle sounded almost impossible.
3. SPARING NO EXPENSES
As you probably guesses, planes aren’t cheap at all. He bought a Boeing 727 from Olympic Airways for $100,000 and transporting it to Oregon all the way from Greece cost him $120,000. But, it seemed like Campbell would be getting all his money back.
4. HARD LEARNED LESSONS
It took Campbell many years to work on the fuselage. During this time, he was living in freight vans nearby. But, the van became infested mice so he had to move to the aircraft much sooner than he expected.
5. INTERIOR DECORATION
Unlike most folks, Bruce didn’t draw any plans for his new home. He said in an interview that if you’re trying to lay the plans for an aircraft, just close your eyes and imagine all the seats melting away. You’ll easily figure out what you need to do with the place.
6. THE CONSTANT CHANGES
An airplane isn’t like your regular home and obviously it requires certain things to keep it in top condition. Every two years, Bruce has to wash the plane. The process takes almost a week and is extremely dangerous. Bruce knows that his house has to be constantly modified to keep it in good shape and he’s willing to make the effort.
7. THE HOUSE RULE
Obviously, you can’t really vacuum the interior of a plane that often. That is why Campbell has a sock and slipper rule. All visitors, including himself, have to wear slippers and a sock to prevent the floor from getting dirty.
8. SHOWER POWER
Of course, no one can live in a house without a shower. In order for the plane to have running water and electricity to heat up the water, he dug a trench from where he rerouted a well power line. He fused an old meter base with the old power cable and mounted a new circuit breaker cabinet inside the aircraft with a telecom cable, PVC conduit (tubing), and a backup water pipe. This allows him to brush his teeth and shave with clean water.
9. KEEPING UP APPEARANCE
The plane is all about living normally. That’s why Bruce thinks that the forest around him is his lawn. He mows the lawn every week to ensure that his house looks presentable at all times.
10. PRESERVING THE ORIGINAL
A guy like Campbell wouldn’t completely wipe off the trails of the airplanes previous state. He took out most of the seats but left a few to remind himself of the plane’s history.