Looking for a New Place to Live? This Man Chose an Airplane


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.

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Richmond’s Summer(s) of Graffiti

Jane Downs was about to start the long drive home back to Philadelphia when she decided to take a little detour. Quickly pulling into a convenience store parking lot at the corner of Grace and Harrison streets, Downs hopped out of her car to snap a picture.

Like many Richmond visitors, she was enthralled by the massive graffiti-art murals created by the Richmond Graffiti Project that can be found throughout the city. In order to get the full, Richmond experience, she decided to give herself a quick, self-guided tour of the best murals she could find.

“Oh, it’s beautiful,” Downs said, speaking of the enormous mural called “Moonshine,” which is a depiction of a women bathing in a jar of strawberries.

After taking a few pictures, Downs left in a hurry to go find another mural before leaving Richmond.

“Moonshine” is just one of the many large-scale graffiti murals that have been created throughout the city in the past two years by the annual Richmond Mural Project, which will begin again this June.

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