Airplanes Find Second Careers As Homes, Hotels

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In the eco-conscious era we're living in, nearly everything gets recycled, even airplanes. Old planes are no longer tossed aside like so many beer cans. The construction possibilities are too tantalizing and too numerous.


In the eco-conscious era we're living in, nearly everything gets recycled, even airplanes. Old planes are no longer tossed aside like so many beer cans. The construction possibilities are too tantalizing and too numerous.

Airplane wings become roofs and decks as fuselages become hotels and restaurants. Turns out airplanes become modular homes when they fall into the hands of the junk-yard avant garde.


Variations are nearly endless, but compiled here are some particularly impressive entrees in the hopefully growing genre of aerocycling.


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About 4.5 million parts recycled from an old Boeing 747 were re-purposed to create this environmentally sustainable home. Dubbed the Wing House for its singular roof, Architect David Hertz's masterpiece sits on 55 acres in the Malibu hills. It was completed in May 2011.


The home's self-supporting roof measures over 2,500 square feet and features cockpit windows re-purposed as skylights. The front portion of the fuselage and the upper first class cabin deck are used to shelter the guest house.

Without having to pay for a first-class ticket, travelers can get get a good night's rest in this Boeing 747, which sits in Stockholm's Arlanda Airport.


The decommissioned 1976 jet (once operated by the now-defunct Swedish airline, Transjet) is the site ofthe 27-room Jumbo Stay Hostel, and boasts both a conference room and a cafe. During the summer, the left wing observation deck is open for guests who want to play around. There is someone on the wing!

A 1953 Boeing KC-97 tanker is the focal point of Solo's Restaurant in Colorado Springs, which is more widely known as "That Airplane Restaurant." The tanker once refueled other aircrafts around the world; now it fuels diners who enjoy a little kitsch.


While the restaurant accommodates 275 patrons, only 42 can dine at a time inside the aircraft. Throughout the restaurant are hundreds of pictures and aviation artifacts, adding to a mood of nostalgia for the lumbering birds of the past.

Jacuzzi onboard? Absolutely. The sleek Airplane Suite at the Teuge Airport in the Netherlands boasts many amenities, including the tub, three flat screen TVs, and an infrared sauna. Guests can sit in the cockpit and pretend to be a pilot as they watch other planes takeoff from the runway.


This Ilyushin 18 plane, built in 1960, was originally used by the Dutch government to transport officials. Three decades later, it began serving as a restaurant. It stayed in the food business until Hotelsuites.nl, which must have been impressed with its resume, acquired it in 2007. 

Among the fluttering toucans on the edge of Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park perches a 1965 Boeing 727 once operated by South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines. The plane has been made into a wing of the Hotel Costa Verde.


The fuselage houses two air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining area and a kitchenette. Guests enjoy breathtaking ocean and jungle views from the deck, which spreads over where the right wing once was. For $250 a night from May to November, or $500 a night from January to April, vacationers can crash at this lofty pad.

This recycled aircraft has a rich history. In its life as a functioning airplane, the Boeing 307 Stratoliner was owned by aviation pioneer Howard Hughes. Hughes transformed the plane into an aerial pied-a-terre though it was later transformed into a houseboat.


Now, Plane Boats Inc. in Fort Lauderdale is in charge of the watercraft, which is available for dockside charters and public viewings. Why the strange name? Current owner Dave Drimmer dubbed it the Cosmic Muffin after a boat-plane in Jimmy Buffet's novel "Where is Joe Merchant?"

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