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How Would You Like To Live In An Airplane?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 7:40 am

Last year ROSEANNE interviewed a women called Jo Ann Ussery who lives in a Boeing 727 in Benoit, Mississippi. The aircraft was flown in to Greenwood, where her brother is an air traffic controller. The 727 was going to be dismantled there, but Jo Ann bought it for $2000 and had it moved on a flat-bed to her plot in Benoit at a cost of $4000, where she then turned it into a three-bedroomed home. She loves living in it and pointed out facts like it being 127ft long and that it has 99 windows, each with its own sun-shade and that the fuselage is insulated to -60.

I thought the idea of living in a plane is quite cool and was wondering what you guys think of the idea and if it appeals to you, what plane would you like to live in?

I like my space, so it would probably have to be a widebody for me and I would probably choose an old 747 preferably a -300 with the stretched upper deck. You would probably have a nice view from up there and what's the bet you could park your cars in the hold?

I'm convinced there will be a surplus of old retired 747's during the next decade. Could this be the start of a new trend?

I'm in, how about you?

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Sat Jan 22, 2000 7:44 am

For $6,000, that must be a hell of a lot better than some dirty-@ss trailer!!! Any clues on what airline(s) it served with? I remember hearing about that a year or 2 ago!!!


RE: How Would You Like To Live In An Airplane?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 7:50 am

I used to wish I could win the lottery a few dozen times and buy myself a nice new unfurbished MD-11 and make it my home. The plane is huge so it is like my own mansion, the Cargo hold would be like a car garage with modifications, beds would be where first class usually is and then the kitchen, dining room and living room with washrooms in the back. It would be expensive, the plane itself would cost like 75 million!
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RE: How Would You Like To Live In An Airplane?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 7:53 am

That would kick ass living in a plane. It would have to be 747, and I like your idea about it being a -300. The upper deck would be nice to have. There will defenitally be a bunch of old ones sitting around in the desert, but I personally don't think that many people would actually live in a plane.
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RE: ATA757

Sat Jan 22, 2000 8:20 am

I have looked through dozens of 727 pictures trying to establish the name of the airline that operated Jo Ann's plane. Unfortunately the video clip that I taped does not have an outside view of the aircraft and the photograph of the aircraft in flight on the dresser is not very clear. It looks like a United Airlines livery, but the blue stripe at the bottom seems to be missing and the tail logo looks more like a circle than the United logo. Any ideas with what looks like a red and orange stripe along the window line?

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RE: Starship

Sat Jan 22, 2000 8:55 am

Sun Country? Iberia? PSA?

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RE: Starship

Sat Jan 22, 2000 9:38 am

Maybe an old CO 727(orange and red livery)? I doubt it.

I would like to live in an L1011, preferably an ex Eastern one, so the ghosts will keep my company. Just joking. A 747-300 would be a great house. Just plop one down in the middle of a field for me, and I'm all for it. How does she get water/electricity etc?
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Sat Jan 22, 2000 9:47 am

It was an older Continental 737 with the old orange brown color scheme. I believe it was e-People Express. I have some cool photos of it somewhere I will try to find em, scan em, and post em tonight...

Yes I would live in a plane! I would love an old aircraft as a house...
But, My neighbors might go a little crazy and shoot me if I tried.. LOL
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RE: How Would You Like To Live In An Airplane?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:11 am

You guys are missing one very good question: How is it that a 727 can be bought for $2000? Even removed of engines and intruments, it's still worth a lot more than $2,000. It's mostly aluminum. The scrap metal value alone is worth much more than that. Try buying a Cessna 150, in any shape, for $2,000. And moving it for $4,000? With wings? You can't even move a house full of furniture for that. We're not getting all the facts here. Something's missing.

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Hmmmm..Something Is Not Missing

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:21 am

The aircraft was a 727. The aircraft was ONLY the fuselage. NO WINGS, NO ENGINES, NO NOTHING, just a long round tube of metal...The aircraft was in bad shape, and was FIXED up. Yes it did cost $2000. and was $4,000 to move, all they did was strap it on a semi truck trailer.
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Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:40 am

You guys all want to park your 747's in the middle of a field somewhere? As long as you've go a 747, why not put it on a lot adjacent to the airport? Being airplane lovers you could watch the departures and arrivals through the cockpit windows, and wouldn't mind the jet engine noise at all...

RE: How Would You Like To Live In An Airplane?

Sun Jan 23, 2000 2:31 am

I have always thought it would be great to live in an old plane.

A KC97 would be interesting. A L1011 would be ideal. I would want to keep mine airworthy so it could be flown to a new location when I needed to move.

RE: Starship's Question

Sun Jan 23, 2000 7:18 am

That B727 in Benoit was operated by Continental as N88701, delivered May 68 and retired Sept 93. Dismantling started at Greenwood, MS (by The Memphis Group) May 94, and the fuselage was disposed of to the current owner about a year later.

Fuselage is still painted in the old red-and-gold Continental c/s.

RE: How Would You Like To Live In An Airplane?

Sun Jan 23, 2000 10:32 am

I wonder how much it cost to install the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen(maybe she just used the galley-haha) etc. that was probably a small lottery winning its self!
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Installing The Rooms

Sun Jan 23, 2000 10:37 am

Installing rooms inside the stripped fuselage would cost almost the same as building a normal house, except without the cost of digging and pooring concrete, in fact, a person with a few summers and some good tools could easily accomplish the task oneself. How she got the furniture in there I don't know, I've moved several times and the last few we practically had to saw the house open to get some beds and dressers in.
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RE: Address: L-1011 Avenue

Sun Jan 23, 2000 2:07 pm

If I had the many millions necessary, I'd get myself a barely flyable L-1011. I'd fly it to my favorite airport and hire a really big crane. I'd design a mount so that you could support the plane about 75 ft. off the ground. I'd retract the landing gear so that it'd look like it was making a very low pass. I'd install an elevator in the support so I could access it. Water, electricity, and sewage would have to run through it. I'd put a luxurious interior in, and preserve the cockpit so that I could sit there and watch airplanes takeoff and land.

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RE: How Would You Like To Live In An Airplane?

Mon Jan 24, 2000 2:18 am

Without question it'd have to be a DC-8, stripped of its 3x3 seating (except for a few rows' worth behind the wing), and it'd have to be airworthy so I could fly to the arctic in it!  
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You Have To Check This Out!

Mon Jan 24, 2000 3:39 am

In order to see just how nice an airplane can be fitted out as a home, do yourselves a favour and minimize your screen, open another browser and check out the following web site and then post your comments:

Once the site has loaded, go down to Large VIP Aircraft and then check out the Boeing 707, Boeing 720 and the Douglas DC-8. After that you can look at the 727's if you like.

Have fun, but please post your comments. You can do the dreaming later.

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