US-based techie who’s made airplane his retirement home
BRUCE Campbell is living out his retirement dreams — even if it means sharing his ‘bachelor pad’ home with curious tourists who drop by at all sorts of awkward times, including when he’s in the shower.
The 68-year-old former engineer lives in a most curious space — aboard a barely renovated retired Boeing 727200 he had specially transported from Greece to his 10 acre plot of land outside Oregon in United States.
“I’m an engineer and I deferred purchasing a home until quite late in life primarily because I was very comfortable in my situation and I was building equity,” he said. “By the time I was ready to purchase a home, I had stopped thinking in provincial terms and I had thought like a free bird engineer. I wanted the best technology that I could buy and I could see nothing better than aerospace technology.” So he bought his 10 acre plot of land in Hillsboro, about 20 miles outside Portland, partnered with a salvage company and had the plane brought in a move he now regrets. He’s happy to allow curious passers-by and tourists to stop by and see how he lives.
He’s perfectly content living a modest life but that hasn’t stopped his ambition. He currently splits his time between Oregon and Japan where he plans to buy a plot of land.
Campbell, who has never been married, gives tours of the aircraft
In 2003, Bruce Campbell purchased a decommissioned Boeing 727-400 for a whopping $220,000.