US-based techie who’s made air­plane his re­tire­ment home

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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.

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