A pressurized cylinder of aluminum is hardly habitable as it is, but some companies are arguably (or hypothetically) taking things too far. Meanwhile, designers continue to seek incremental ways to make airplane cabin more comfortable, namely by tweaking the seats—anything to get a few inches farther from the head-drooping drooler in the middle seat.
Bruce Campbell took the idea to heart: He purchased a out-of-commission aircraft, complete with wings and landing gear, for $220,000. It's final destination happens to be in the woods just outside of Portland, OR, where Campbell resides in the kitted-out ~153-foot "cabin" he calls home.
A former electrical engineer by trade, Campbell ditched any notion of traditional housing with his work-in-progress—which has taken over a decade, seeing as the first photos that Campbell posted of the plane date back to May of 2002. Today, the 727 features a kitchen, shower and electricity. He didn't completely gut the 149–189-passenger capacity aircraft, either. The original design details are still there, from the uncomfortable teal, "sanitary headrest"-clad seats to the turquoise and brown color combo in the bathroom. Check out this video of the plane in it's not-so-natural habitat (unfortunately, it only shows the outside of the home):
All told, the set-up comes off like a scene from LOST, which, if you followed the show, is a bit perplexing. Lucky for us, there's no sign of drug-stuffed Virgin Mary statues or passengers long forgotten in Campbell's abode.
Campbell has created an entire website based on his project. He's even included a project guide with tips and steps to finding yourself an aircraft accommodation. Even if you've restricted your plane time to traveling to and from vacation destinations, it's still a fascinating read sprinkled with facts about purchasing an aircraft, transporting your newly bought plane and other equally mystifying bits of knowledge you probably haven't taken the time to read (or even think) about.
Moreover, for those of you who might seriously be considering a similar endeavor, Campbell graciously offers tours of his home for anyone who is interested in taking a look.
An aerial shot of the airplane-turned-home from June 2004