“Jetliners are basically flying homes.”
This video from Great Big Story introduces us to Portland aeronautics enthusiast Bruce Campbell. Campbell gives a quick tour of his Boeing 727 home in the woods, including his “very primitive shower,” two still-functioning lavatories and his sleeping quarters, a.k.a., a futon.
He says in the video that jetliners are retired at a rate of about “three per day.” Most are stripped and shredded, a process you can see here as Boeing posted a video of what happens to old jetliners in September.
“If you were an extraterrestrial looking down on this behavior, you’d wonder whether this species has all its marbles in place or not,” Campbell says, laughing, adding that the jetliners are ideal ready-made homes.
Boeing does strip old planes of any reusable parts, recycles materials for use in new aircraft and said in the September demo video that only about 10 percent of pieces go to landfills, with the ultimate goal of getting the process down to zero waste.
Regardless, Campbell’s point that retired aircraft can be transformed into spacious and durable living quarters is right on. Take a look.