Living situations are continually changing in each generation. People traditionally live in houses, apartments, condos and so on. However, the traditional way to live is not the only way to live. Living expenses skyrocketed and, as a result, we see people living in tiny homes on the news. With the newly mailable definition of what is considered a proper place to live, we also find people moving into their unique definition of a home simply because it’s their dream to do so. Bruce Campbell is one of those people who actively redefine the word “home,” after all he lives in an airplane!
Usually, when we imagine what our dream home looks like, we picture a spacious and luxurious condo or mansion. If you ask Campbell to describe his dream living situation, he’ll paint you a picture of the inside of an airplane. You can catch Campbell on the outskirts of Portland, relaxing in a Boeing 727. He spends six months out of the year living in the tubular structure, and when we say tubular were being literal here.
From an aircraft to a home
A few years ago this Oregon man bought the aircraft for a whopping 100,000 dollars. That’s just about the cost of a more than comfortable home in some areas. Campbell spent loads of time and money renovating the aircraft and making it habitable. The 727 has running water, three bathrooms (one of which is actually working), a shower and electricity.
Campbell still has some last touches he needs to sort out before he can live entirely comfortably. His current challenge is finding a way to create a plumbing system.
Although the aircraft is not the most private of living situations, Campbell is not so worried. The aircraft is in the middle of the woods, so the chances that neighbors will come lurking through the windows are slim to none.
This hobby ain’t for everyone
In an interview, Campbell said that this “experiment” of turning an aircraft into a home is not suited for everyone. The logistics are complicated and sorting everything out takes a lot of creativity and patience. He removed all seats from the main cabin to make a sufficient amount of room to walk around and hang out. Plus airplane seats are super uncomfortable, who would want them in the middle of their home? All the features of the “liveable – aircraft” are documented on Campbell’s website.
Why he prefers an aircraft over a house
Campbell doesn’t believe that houses are a practical place for people to live. When asked why he won’t just settle for a traditional house or apartment, Campbell responds with a pretty logical response. “Wood is, in my view, a terrible building material. It biodegrades. It’s termite chow or firewood. Retired airliners are profoundly well-designed,” he said. The man isn’t wrong. But still, who would want to live in a tuna can?
Campbell is content with his “vacation-home.” He finds ways to relax in the aircraft, and that’s all that matters to him. Afterall, most people can’t figure out what to do to keep busy and stay happy. For entertainment, Campbell listens to his iPod because he does not have TV or even a radio. He also spends loads of time in the cockpit. He says this specific spot in the aircraft has a bit of “magic” to it.
It’s as if a little boy, fascinated with airplanes, told his friends “one day I want to live in an airplane” and then went on to fulfill his dream. Say what you want about the man wild enough to live like this, but at least he made his dream come true. How many of us can say that?