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Retired Engineer Turns Abandoned Plane Into Dream Home!

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Bruce Campbell isn’t just the name of an iconic horror actor! In fact, the Bruce Campbell we are going to be introducing you today did something even wilder than star in Evil Dead.  Campbell is a retired electrical engineer who transported an ancient Boeing 727 to the middle of the woods in Hillsboro, OR. His goal was simple: to transform the plane into an exotic home that he could live out of. Let’s dig into Campbell’s journey so that you can see exactly how he managed to accomplish this amazing renovation!

Bruce Campbell: A Man With Imagination.

You don’t simply stumble into the world of electrical engineering without a passion for crafting and creating. Campbell loved working with tools from his childhood and he continued throughout his adult career. His fascination with tinkering would inform his dream of designing his own exotic home and that’s exactly what he would do!

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Purchasing His Boeing

Originally Campbell had considered turning an old freight van into a special mobile home but when he read about Joanne Ussery, he had a change of heart. Ussery is a hairdresser who bought her own Boeing 727 after her home burned down. She decided to renovate the plane into a functional home which she ended up parking next to an idyllic lake. Campbell was not just inspired, he was motivated by Ussery!

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From Greece With Love

Campbell owned ten acres of property so he had the perfect landing spot for his new plane/home renovation. Unfortunately, Campbell had to purchase his plane from overseas. Transporting his Boeing 727 from Athens, Greece would take months of planning as well as nearly $220,000 dollars. This was not a simple or inexpensive move by any measure. The plane had to be disassembled in certain areas in order for it to be properly and safely transported.

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For Campbell, the decision to renovate this plane was driven by more than just pure entertainment. Campbell believes that it is incredibly wasteful to simply send these old planes to scrapyards when they can be used for so much more.  Campbell strongly believes that old jetliners can be re-purposed for housing and he has led the way with his work.

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Time To Get Started

Deciding to live in the woods was tough, but Campbell knew that he couldn’t put it off if he wanted to complete the project. He started by getting his permit to work on the plane before working to clean the exterior of the vehicle. Campbell claims that it took him four rigorous days simply to pressure was the exterior of the plane!

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Ready For The Long Haul

After cleaning the exterior of the plane, Campbell had the entire vessel placed on giant concrete blocks. His goal was to get the plane off of the ground while making it a more permanent fixture. Campbell also put in a driveway leading up to the plane itself. It was clear from the beginning that Campbell was designing a home that he could live in for years and years.

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The Front Door

Don’t worry about ringing any doorbells! If you want to visit Mr. Campbell, you’ll have to get onboard the same way as everyone else. Campbell decided to keep the folding stairwell in order to honor how the plane was once used. He tried to incorporate as many of the original aspects of the plane as possible.

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Stripping The Vehicle

Just because Campbell wanted to keep the plane as intact as possible doesn’t mean that he left it completely alone. As you can see here, Campbell decided to strip out much of the interior of the plane before moving himself into the property. You’ll also notice that he laid down special plexiglass flooring throughout the structure.

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Water & Electric Included

While Campbell is trying to live a relatively modest life, he doesn’t want to go without all of the comforts of conventional life. Here, you can see Campbell proudly standing next to his homemade shower. Campbell dug a trench and routed both water and electricity to the facility. He has hot water on command!

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A View Of The Living Quarters

Here we can get a good view of the living section of the Boeing 727. While Campbell has spent at least half of a million dollars on this project, he still likes to live in relative modesty. He sleeps on a futon and cooks with a simple microwave and portable skillet.  He has refrigeration available and room for all of his prized possessions.

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Crowning Jewel Of The Home

Campbell knew that he wanted to leave the cockpit completely as it was. All of the original instruments and tools sit exactly where they were when the plane was functional. Campbell says that many of the mechanisms still work as he can trigger hatches and doors from his pilot seat. Campbell calls the plane ‘nirvana’ due to how fun it is to play with all of the ‘little toys’ in the craft.

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Quite The Sight

Finding a plane in the woods is pretty impressive on its own but Campbell wanted to go a step further. Here we see how Campbell decked out the entire exterior with special lighting. You can also see how well-lit the interior of the plane is at night which showcases how well his engineering works!

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An Engineer At Heart

Campbell may be retired but that doesn’t mean that he’s ready to give up on his work. Campbell has a dedicated space for working on his engineering projects, including the craft itself. Here we can see Campbell’s workstation where he claims to spend the vast majority of his time.

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Belief In Upscaling Aircraft

Campbell believes that scrapping a Boeing 727 is a ‘failure of the imagination’. Campbell points out that these crafts are able to withstand storms and earthquakes while also being durable enough to last for generations. Campbell points to the pressure canisters as one of the reasons why more planes need to be upscaled into living quarters. Campbell says, “They could last for centuries.”

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Still Gotta Mow The Lawn

Living alone in the forest doesn’t mean that you get to slack off with your chores. When Campbell isn’t cleaning up the interior of his craft, he is taking care of the exterior. Campbell says that he has to mow the lawn and work with weeds at least once a week in order to keep the yard looking fresh.

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Original Section Of The Plane

While Campbell has stripped the vast majority of the plane, he decided to keep at least one section of the vehicle in its original form. Here we can see a row of seats as they would have appeared while the plane was in operation.

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Want A Bite To Eat

Campbell keeps a fully stocked kitchen on hand at all times. After all, when you live in the heart of the wilderness you probably don’t want to make too many grocery trips.  His kitchen has running water, electricity, and all of the tools required in order to make a healthy meal. Campbell isn’t a cook though, as he mostly likes to eat simple foods while working on his dream.

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Bathroom Also Included

Don’t worry, there aren’t going to be any lines for this lavatory.  Campbell made sure that the original bathroom remained completely functional. You don’t really have room to stretch your legs but you ARE in a plane.

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Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association

As it turns out, Campbell isn’t alone in the world of recycled Boeing 727 living. According to the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA), more than 1800 aircraft will be dismantled within the next couple of years. Of these dismantled crafts, at least a handful of them will be renovated into new living quarters.

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Dream Come True

For Campbell, his Boeing 727 home was a dream come true. He managed to combine his love of engineering with his fascination with technology in order to create a unique home in the heart of his home state.

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Dog Survives Cancer By Wearing Outlandish Costumes

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Whenever dogs and cats get spayed or neutered, they have to wear the “cone of shame.” It’s that big uncomfortable plastic cone that keeps them from being able to bite at their stitches- which would be pretty messy and unpleasant for everyone. But, anyone who has ever had a pet in the cone of shame knows- they really hate it. Sometimes they try furiously to get out of it, and sometimes they just lay down and whine- but that ALWAYS hate it.

But we found one exceptional case of a golden retriever that actually seemed to enjoy his come. Rusty is a 9-year-old retriever who had a rare case of bladder cancer. Fortunately, Mary and Madeline are very proactive about Rusty’s health and take him in for checkups regularly. Rusty’s cancer was spotted and diagnosed early. That gave Mary and Madeline a lot of hope- but naturally, they were very worried about their furry pal. Rusty didn’t show any signs of illness, except for visible weakness in his left hind leg, which he would favor. This, it turned out to be caused by pain in his abdomen when he put weight on the leg.

After being diagnosed, he was scheduled quickly and put on a regimen of chemo. The surgery went well, but Rusty had to wear the cone, as well as having to be forced to take a long period of rest. Because Rusty is a very energetic character, his rest period had to be chemically enforced. Rusty had to take medicine to make him calm enough to get through his rest period.

But Rusty’s owners Mary and Madeline had an idea to help Rusty get through his recovery, as well as to help fund his medical bills. It was around Halloween, and the two started making creative costume designs out of Rusty’s cone of shame.

They first turned him into a martini with a toothpick and olives made from construction paper. Then they turned his cone into a shark’s head with teeth, eyes, and fins. Then they make him into a “shush puppy” with wadded up, colored packing paper and a straw made from a tube. At one point Rusty found himself transformed into a submarine with a hull and a domed window. He was made into a space alien, a bowling ball, a long list of cocktails, a ghost, and many other outlandish things.

Not surprisingly, Mary and Madeline took some heat from online communities for their creative use of Rusty’s cone. People said it was abusive. They said it was a waste of their time. And sometimes they said truly awful things because- well, this is the Internet. But Mary and Madeline could see that Rusty was having as much fun as they were- and the support, both emotionally and financially, was overwhelming.

Rusty loved the laughs and the attention he was getting and started to really get into his costumes. On top of that, Rusty developed a hearty following on Instagram as his costumes grew wilder and more imaginative.

Eventually, Rusty’s cone was removed and he made a full recovery. While some derided the use of his medical predicament as something to be made fun of, others could see that Rusty was having as much fun as his owners. But perhaps best of all, many other pet owners with pets donning the cone of shame have made a tradition out of dolling up their medically yoked pets.

As for Rusty, he’s somewhat of a pioneer, as well as a cancer survivor. And he still enjoys having creative costumes made for him even though he no longer has his cone for them to be built upon.

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Blind Golden Retriever Makes Fast Friends With His ‘Seeing Eye’ Companion.

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If you are a living and breathing human being like us, you hate to see innocent animals suffer. In 2016, Charlie, a golden retriever, would end up losing both of his eyes due to a medical emergency. As an older dog, Charlie didn’t have to grow up without his vision.  Naturally, his owners were concerned about how their dog would adapt to life without being able to see. They knew that they had to do something to help their furry family member, so they decided to adopt a ‘seeing eye’ dog. If you can sense how cute this story is about to be, get ready to grab your tissues. We wouldn’t blame you if you cried from cute joy.

Adam Stipe adopted Charlie when the golden retriever was just a puppy. After nine years together, Charlie ended up losing his left eye due to complications resulting from glaucoma. Within a year, Charlie would lose his right eye, as well. By this time, Adam and his wife Chelsea had emptied their retirement bank account in order to pay for the treatment that had kept Charlie alive. Adam and Chelsea had also recently become pregnant. Talk about sudden life changes! In order to prepare for the baby, as well as better the life of Charlie, they decided to make a change.

When New Year’s Day arrived in 2019, Chelsea and Adam would welcome Maverick into their home. Maverick was an excitable golden retriever puppy who was ready to make new friends. Adam and Chelsea had adopted Maverick for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, they wanted to bring a puppy home to help Charlie get around the house. Second, Adam and Chelsea also wanted a puppy to grow alongside their newborn baby. While adding a baby and puppy to your house at the same time can be tough, the loving family managed to work it out!

After a bit of tension, Charlie and Maverick would soon become fast friends. In fact, you couldn’t walk around the house with the two golden retrievers running around together. According to Adam and Chelsea, Maverick quickly became a natural ‘guide companion’ for Charlie. Maverick learned to play with and guide Charlie around all without being told. According to Chelsea, “Maverick would realize that Charlie would lose the toy sometimes, so Maverick would pick it up and put it back in front of him to re-engage playtime.”

Due to Maverick’s kindness as well as Charlie’s own loving nature, both dogs have become the best of friends. According to Adam, Charlie has even begun to play like a puppy again. When Charlie was an ‘only dog’, he wouldn’t want to play nearly as much. Despite all the difficulties that life had thrown at Charlie, it is clear that he is being protected, loved, and cared for by the best furry friend anyone could ask for.

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Couple With 38 Children Spend $52,000 On Groceries Each Year And Don’t Plan On Stopping

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In what seems like it should be the latest in a TLC reality television show, a couple from West Virginia has managed to adopt 32 children. 

Jeane and Paul Briggs married back in 1976 after they fell in love with each other at a Christian summer camp. In their first years of marriage, the two had three biological children. But that wasn’t enough for Jeane who always dreamed of having a huge family. Then, in 1985 Jeane got the chance to extend her family one more member. On a mission trip to Mexico, Jeane met and fell in love with a blind orphaned boy named Abraham. There was no turning back at this point for over the next several years, Jeane and Paul would continue to adopt children. 

Jeane started her career as a nurse and often received calls from adoption agencies that asked for advice on more difficult medical cases. This prompted the couple to travel to Russia and Ghana where the children had been abandoned by their parents due to diseases, special needs, deformities like cleft palates, severe autism, and polio.  Additionally, some of the children were aging out of the system and simply had nowhere to go. 

Today, the couple, who spend $52,000 on groceries a year, has 38 children with 25 still living at home with them. 

Of the children that have left, some are in college while the others have gone on to have successful careers. Still others, notably the older children, now have families of their own and look to continue on the family legacy of adopting others.  

Their first adoptee, Abraham, has even started a mission rescue program in his home country of Mexico where he has helped proved hundreds of orphans with safe homes to live. Thanks to Abraham’s life-changing experience of being adopted at a young age, it is no surprise that he’d want to repay the goodwill forward and spend his life dedicated to the children whom, like him, are in desperate need of any help they can get.   

Their other adoptees have begun their own businesses and law practices in cities like New Haven where they work as immigration attorneys to help bring in children from war-torn and unstable countries for a better life in the United States. 

After more than thirty years, the family has stood strong on their philosophy that, with so many people in the world, why continue to have children when you can adopt and give a better life to one of those people who are already on the planet? 

Now in their 60s, it is easy to see how Jeane and Paul Briggs have left a lasting legacy in their small West Virginia community. As a result, they are also the go-to family to ask for advice on how adoption works and whether or not it is a good idea for each individual person. Although, with their own past history of adoption, it would be hard for the couple to dissuade someone against it. 

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