A MAN has told how he decided to turn a Boeing 727 into a home and live in a secluded area in the woods- costing him a mere £290 a month.
Electrical engineer Bruce Campbell, 73, bought the abandoned jet in Greece for £83,000.
Bruce says he has always been a fan of planes and is now living his dream, as he lives in one, located at an isolated plot of land in Hillsboro, a suburb of Portland.
The plane used to be owned by shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who was married to former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
Bruce paid an extra £100,000 to have it flown to Oregon where he lives, before starting renovating his new home.
Many of the parts were stripped from Bruce's aircraft, including the engine so it can't fly.
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His bedroom consists of a futon sofa which serves as a bed, along with an electric blanket which means he often works from it in the winter.
He also has an inside shower, a private and guest toilet as well as a sink and washing machine.
He said he doesn't have much of a kitchen island as he "isn't much of a cook" but has a microwave, toaster oven, and fridge.
Bruce reuses the 727 food service cart as a pantry and installed an overhead locker for storage.
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Speaking to CNBC, Bruce explained that his monthly expenses are around £290 including £175 in property taxes and between £80 to £200 in electricity.
He said: "When you live in a structure like this, you feel a little more fulfilled with your life.
"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."
He added: "Most things in life are never perfect. But with a jetliner home… I never really perceive any downside.
"I have no regrets persuing this – it's fun."
Bruce told CCN Travel, he got inspired when he heard on the radio, another aviation enthusiast's story, Jo Ann, who turned an aircraft into her dream home.
Bruce said: "I still stand on Jo Ann’s shoulders and I’m grateful for the proof of concept.
"I would never live in a conventional home. No chance. If Scotty beamed me to inner Mongolia, erased my fingerprints and forced me to live in a conventional structure, I’d do what I have to do to survive – but otherwise, it’s a jetliner for me anytime."
Jo Ann spent six months renovating the 12-foot-wide cabin after her own home was destroyed in a house fire.
She bought an old Boeing 727 that was destined for the dump for $2,000 in 1994.
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