February 2, 2023

Athens News

News in English from Greece

73-year-old man lives on the plane carrying the body of Onassis

The American managed to turn the plane into his home, on which the body of the deceased Aristotle Onassis was transported to his homeland – to Greece.

In the early 1970s, Bruce Campbell paid $25,800 for 10 acres of land in Hillsborough, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. The electrical engineer told CNBC about his decision to bring the plane to a piece of land and live in it. In fact, this is not some kind of plane, but the Boeing on which the body of Aristotle Onassis was transported for burial to Greece in 1975. The American purchased it for $100,000 in 1999 and paid another $20,000 for procedures to remove the engines and other components so that the plane could never fly again. When the aircraft was converted, it was towed to Campbell’s land through the streets of downtown Hillsborough.

“When you live in a place like this, you feel a little more satisfied with your life,” said Bruce Campbell. “And if you are an engineer, scientist or any other person who appreciates the elegance and beauty of aerospace technology, this is an even happier place to live,” he added, saying that living on a plane was his dream.

To turn an airplane into a living space, Campbell spent another $15,000. He installed a makeshift shower, sink, washing machine, refrigerator and even equipped a “pantry”. Instead of a stove, Campbell has a microwave and a toaster, which he rarely uses. “I don’t cook, so this is the minimum set of things that are required in the kitchen, for example, warm something up, make a toast,” she said. Next to the kitchen, Campbell has a sofa that can be used both as a bed and as a workspace.

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