Gallery: Oregon Man Lives Inside 727 Airplane Home in the Middle of the...

He even uses the original water tank and plumbing to serve amenities like his clothes washer.

Rather than turning the plane into something like a modern house, Campbell is reusing much of the original equipment for his needs. After a decade Campbell’s enthusiasm for the project has not waned. He sees potential in everything — like how the wings can serve as a great deck. This is anything but prefab building though – it’s a slow and deliberate process.

The cockpit is an excellent reading room, and he left much of the original instrumentation and controls intact. He even restored some elements, and he installed a computer monitor right in the middle of the instrument panel. He also got one of the original bathrooms back online, but only has a temporary shower for now.

At 1,066 interior square feet, the space is cozy but not cramped by any means – when it’s setup as a large studio it feels plenty big. The coolest trick may be the transparent floor. The original was torn out and replaced with translucent panels, allowing visitors to see the super structure’s ribs and controlling cables running from the cockpit to the wings and tail. Campbell also has plenty of storage in the cargo hold. While the wings make a great deck, he has a couple of big covered areas below them as well. He even uses the original water tank and plumbing to serve amenities like his clothes washer. The trick is to make the space habitable but maintain the feel of its original design’s purpose – to be 35,000 feet above the trees.

+ Airplane Home

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  1. Craig Schaffer May 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Russell Day, the demise of the 727 was due to the ETOPS rules which no longer required more than 2 engines for overseas operations. If ETOPS still required 3 or more engines, it would have been the 737 that met its demise. Why have more engines than you need?

  2. francisa June 27, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Many would like to live in a plain but I suspect that in many countries, mine included, this kind of house would be forbidden by authorities.

  3. sweetivy June 14, 2014 at 9:58 am


  4. Machiko Tadokoro June 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I want have this one too.

  5. Nader Dariavach June 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Does he used wings as a fuel tanks for heating oil?

  6. Su Pang August 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    i want to know how he got the plane there!

  7. Russell Day August 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Wonderful, what with the decking of the wings, water tank and galley usage, translucent floors. De-mating of the wings at a certain number of hours contributed to the downfall of the 727 with it’s Kruger flaps that allowed a wide speed range. Like so many the pure jet engines burned too much and had shorter times between overhaul. They were turned into lots of beer cans as were so many old plane we will never even know existed.

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