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Meet The Man Who Lives In A Plane-House, In The Middle Of A Forest

Innovation has always been a pathfinder for the growth of humanity - let it be the pre-historic invention of the wheel or a modern-day Smartphone. In today’s age, people have become much more creative and innovative. They know how to achieve the comfort and perfection they seek. And here is a perfect example.Making a home of your own is never a simple task. You want it to be iconic and cozy. Bruce Campbell, a retired electrical engineer, was no different. But what stands him out of the rest was the leap he took to achieve that comfort and uniqueness in his home.If you ever find your way through to this home, you’re sure to believe that it’s actually a tragic airplane accident site. But the amazing mind of an inventor works in wondrous ways. Bruce Campbell now resides in this plane located in the woods near Portland, Oregon, USA.Check out how a retired electrical engineer converted a retired Boeing into a fully functional living space.

'Plane' in the woods

In the first glance, this photo makes us worry that a tragic plane crash happened here. But this is actually far from tragic.

Home sweet home

The plane was bought for $100,000 in 1999 from Athens airport. It started off being a "work in progress" but Campbell eventually converted it into a fully functional living quarters. The aircraft is standing on concrete pillars.

Meet Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell bought the plane when he was in his 20s. He has spent about $220,000 turning the plane into a home, and he spends six months out of the year living there.

Durability of the aircraft

Bruce admits that jetliners are incredibly strong and durable and they can withstand any earthquake or storm.

The exterior

Bruce has worked with as much of the original material of the plane as possible. He quotes in his website "It’s a great toy. Trick doors, trick floors. Hatches here latches there. Cool interior lights and awesome exterior lights."

The cock-pit

The plane’s interior has been changed quite significantly to make as much free living space as possible out of its 1,066 square feet. The cockpit of the plane serves as Bruce’s reading room.

Space layout

As it was quite easy to maneuver the spaces within the liner, Bruce has managed to figure out the whole livable space from the plane itself.

The living room

As you can see, he’s made the inside of the plane into a comfortable living space, although he says it is still a work in progress.


He has crafted a makeshift shower and has made the toilet usable.

Work station

Bruce tells that there’s a lot of fun things about living on a plane. Along with a comfortable living space, and convenient workstation, what else could you wish for?

The washing area

According to him, all planes should be turned into homes, commenting on his site, “Shredding a beautiful and scintillating jetliner is a tragedy in waste and a profound failure of human imagination.”

"To live in a plane..."

He also adds "If you want to live in a plane you need the money to buy and transport it (a big cost) as well as land to put it on."

Time to shine bright

Campbell plans to improve the airplane from the inside with features like a working lavatory, LED lighting, and seating. Doesn't it make you want to live in this plane for at least a week?

Not just Oregon...

Campbell lives in this plane 6 months every year and spends the other part of the year in Japan, where he is also looking to buy and similarly re-use a retired Boeing 747 fuselage. Not simply stopping at Oregon, he also plans to buy his second 'home' in Japan.