It’s like a scene from an episode of “Lost.” A Boeing 727 lies in the middle of the woods, suspended among the trees, as if it crashed in the forest and was quickly abandoned. The plane is eerily out of its element. But instead of finding wounded crash survivors wandering the woods looking for help, the only one you’ll find in this scene is a single man, inside the plane, lounging happily on a futon. The man’s name is Bruce Campbell, and he has spent much of his life savings converting this retired 727 into a home.
His aircraft home, residing on a forest property in Hillsboro, Oregon, is a fulfillment of his lifelong interest in aerospace technology. As a child, Campbell was fascinated with planes. He saw footage of an aircraft boneyard, where planes are left after being decommissioned from active service, and thought “Wow, wouldn’t it be cool to have one of those.” Due to a long career as an electrical engineer and some savvy investing, the 60-year-old, self-described nerd has built a sizable nest egg, which has allowed him to achieve his lifelong dream.