HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — Tucked in the woods, 12 miles south of Hillsboro, is Bruce Campbell’s unorthodox home. A Boeing 727.
Campbell moved the plane to his property in 1999 and since then, has been patiently converting the space, the power system and the plumbing into a comfortable home.
“I didn’t want to carry a mortgage for most of my life, so I wanted to put myself in a position where I could simply cash out on a home. When that time came, I reached a point in my life where I viewed an ordinary, a provincial home as a very boring means of securing that dream,” Campbell tells KOIN 6 News.
Campbell admits it has taken longer than expected.
“This has been going on for 16 years and you can see I don’t have the window panels up on the left side of the cabin area. It’s a relatively trivial task, so I think observers are like ‘what the devil is his problem, why doesn’t he get on with it?’ Part of it, is there are bigger problems and bigger needs.”
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One of those needs is his second home: Japan.
“The culture there is remarkably fun loving,” he says.
Campbell wants to live in a bigger Boeing in Japan, a 747. He’s hoping an airline will give him a retiring jumbo jet, instead of scrapping it. He’s started a new website to help make the dream a reality.
Campbell says the planes make good homes and could be a solution to housing problems in Oregon and around the world.
“You end up with an immensely strong, immensely sealed, immensely safe enclosure,” Campbell says. “I’ve realized there’s real opportunity for humanity here, and i don’t feel comfortable dying and knowing I didn’t fully pursue that opportunity.”