Meet the man who lives in an old Boeing 727 he bought for $100,000

Bruce Campbell, 73, lives in this Boeing 727 in the middle of the woods in the US. He pays just $370 a month to live there and has never been happier.

by | Published on 28th Dec 2022

This 73-year-old man lives in an old Boeing 727 he bought from a salvage yard for $100,000. 

Bruce Campbell, an electrical engineer, found the jetliner in Greece back in 1999 and had it flown to his hometown of Portland, Oregon. 

It was then towed down the streets of Hillsboro before landing at its final destination; a 10-acre block of land in the middle of the woods.

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The 73-year-old said he was living out his teenage dream.

When he was just 15 years old, Campbell said he saw an airplane boneyard on TV and decided then and there he would one day live in one.


Now decades later, Campbell couldn’t be happier with his decision. 

“When you live in a structure like this, you feel a little more fulfilled with your life,” he told CNBC

“And if you’re an engineer, scientist, or anyone who appreciates the elegance and beauty of aerospace technology, it’s just a happier place to live.”

The electrical engineer has spent the past two years renovating the home to make it comfortable. 

He’s poured about $15,000 into it, adding a shower, sink, washing machine, fridge, and has turned the original food service cart into a pantry. 

Campbell also added a workbench and a futon sofa, which he sleeps on.

His living expenses are also extraordinarily low. 

Campbell pays just $370 a month. 

That includes $220 on property taxes and about $150 on electricity. 

Campbell told CNBC he now spends his days working on old computer systems and even the electronics on the plane.

History of the plane home

The old Boeing 727 jetliner was previously owned by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. 

The Greek Argentinian businessman owned the world’s largest privately-owned shipping fleet. 

This particular plane was also used to transport his remains in 1975. 

When he died in 1975, Onassis was married to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.



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