Airplane House & Boat Conversions

Posted: January 6, 2008 in Vehicles

1. Dream house with wings

Seen in one of the Russian journals is this series of slightly surreal photos… See what you can make of it:

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This Boeing 727 is a work-in-progress home conversion,
built by Bruce Campbell from Hillsboro, Oregon. He maintains that
anybody can do it, given desire, luck (acquiring decommissioned plane)
and determination. As he points out, this house gives

"A feeling of
strength, security, capability and ergonomics that eclipses any other,
almost as if you were in a home designed 50 years in the future.
Imagine removing all the clutter, such as the seats, the overhead
compartments… What’s left is an open, ultra high tech home". Besides,
he says, it’s a great toy.


On his site there is a million of
pictures of the work-in-progress, both exterior and interior of
jet-house, and FAQ, in which he elaborates on the cost of the project
(it’s possible to do it for under $100K) and a cool possibility to
build a house out of wide-body 747 jet (you would need a bigger yard
for that)



2. Dream Plane-Boat

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The "Cosmic Muffin" is the most unusual plane-boat, made out of the historic and rare aircraft – "Boeing 307 Stratoliner" (1937)

Boeing 307 Stratoliner
was originally owned by the aviation pioneer Howard Hughes. He acquired
the plane in 1939 as part of his purchase of TWA. Many additional
pictures of the original plane can be found
here.

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The other Boeing 307, Pan Am Clipper “Flying Cloud”, was restored for the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution:

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In 1969 the plane was converted into a boat "The Londonaire", and was discovered by Jimmy Buffett, who actually wrote his first novel around it in 1997.

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Finally David R. Drimmer and his company PlaneBoats has extensively remodeled and rebuilt it. They named it "the Cosmic Muffin" – a dream-boat from Jimmy Buffett’s novel.

Today "Cosmic Muffin" is stationed in Fort Lauderdale and open to the public for scheduled visits.

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Honorable Mentions

This site
seems to mean business, but the non-professional look of the site and
obviously photoshopped picture make one doubt their credibility:


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This villa in South Africa really is not quite the real plane, though it gets credit for trying…

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This is an airplane conversion serving as a museum and a house in the Russian city of Perm:







I’d
say, with all these conversion ideas floating in the air, you’d better
hurry and bid on this plane (shown below), which languishes somewhere
off the coast, waiting to be turned into an ultra-modern yacht.


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