If you found a plane in the woods, what would you imagine? Is this the wreck of a mysterious plane crash? Or an old plane graveyard? If it happens to be in Hillsboro, Oregon, then that’s just the not-so-humble abode of Bruce Campbell, a retired electrical engineer and very inventive man.
Bruce likes to turn planes that would have otherwise become scrap metal into beautiful upcycled masterpieces. He believes that airplanes can have so much potential outside of their intended use. He used a good dose of imagination, an old plane and a large plot of land to create the most unique house in the world. Read on to see how he built his very exotic home and take a look inside!
1. Dream Big
Bruce Campbell, a retired 64-year-old engineer, has always had a creative vision. When he was in his early 20s, he purchased a 10-acre piece of land for $23,000 deep in the forest of Hillsboro, Oregon with a very clear vision in mind.
From an early age, Campbell loved tinkering with old objects and materials to create new things. His plan for this land was to build a house from several freight vans. It seemed like a wonderful and innovative plan, but it was before he heard about a house built by someone else.
2. Change of Plans
About two decades later, Bruce Campbell heard about Joanne Ussery, a hairdresser from Mississippi who bought a Boeing 727 plane and transformed it into her home. Her previous house burned down, so after that she decided to build a functional airplane home next to a peaceful lakeside.
He was already moving forward with his freight van home idea, but Campbell thought a gigantic plane sounded so much more innovative and fun to play with. After all, he strongly believed airplanes should be saved from becoming scrap metal. Land wasn’t an issue because he already owned 10 acres, but he’d need enough money to buy and transport this unconventional kind of vehicle to Oregon.
3. Buying a Boeing
In 1999, Campbell decided to purchase a Boeing 727 aircraft from Olympic Airways, based at Athens Airport for the sum of a whopping $100,000. Once he acquired the airplane, he needed to transport the massive aircraft to the woods in Oregon.
Transporting the plane from Athens, Greece, to Oregon proved to be the most daunting task out of the entire venture. Staging and carrying out the move, as well as several other aspects of the project, set him back another $120,000, which meant the airplane cost a total of $220,000. But it seemed like Campbell would make his money’s worth of every single penny in more ways than he anticipated.
4. The Big Move
The industrious Bruce Campbell couldn’t wait to get to work on his new and rather large project, but first he had to move the plane deep into the woods of Oregon. Several men had to take the wings of the plane apart to be able to transport Campbell’s new purchase to the secluded piece of land.
They deconstructed the wings in such a way that Campbell was able to reinstall them once the airliner was parked in its new home. Campbell believed his new idea would just start off as a “work in progress,” but it eventually morphed into something much more than that after many years of hard work and innovation.