The popularity of using buses, tiny homes, and shipping containers as building materials for one-of-a-kind homes has increased.
These affordable alternatives to traditional housing provide the same degree of comfort with a variety of customisation possibilities.
But long before it was fashionable, Jo Ann Ussery built her own distinctive home.
She acquired a retired Boeing 727 and converted it into an opulent house.
Ussery’s journey began after her home in Benoit, Mississippi, was destroyed in 1993.
She and her two children needed a place to live because her husband had suddenly passed away, but they didn’t have a lot of money.
She had believed that purchasing a trailer would resolve all of her problems, but she quickly realized that she couldn’t afford a home large enough to house her family of three.
Bob, Ussery’s in-law who works as an air traffic controller, suggested that they try living aboard a plane.
Ussery was intrigued by the idea and went to inspect a Boeing 727 that was ready to be disassembled for parts.
She fell in love at first sight, and the item cost only $2,000 with shipping.
Ussery named her Boeing 727 “Little Trump” after finding out that Donald Trump owned a private Boeing 727 as well.
She started her costly and time-consuming house improvements immediately away.
She invested less than $30,000 (or around $60,000 in modern currency) in the renovation.
While she worked on the inside, she needed to make sure that it remained in its current position.
By landing the plane such that the nose pointed out over the water, Ussery made use of the lake that was already on her property. For this specific purpose, the tail was secured with a sizable amount of concrete. She then began destroying the interior, which was just about 1,500 square feet.
The aircraft has 76 windows and is 138 feet long.
As is customary on commercial aircraft, the windows did not open, but since the Ussery had air conditioning, this was not a problem.
She installed new flooring and updated the insulation. What precisely was kept from the original 727?
It’s a fantastic solution to the space issue to have just one airplane bathroom and the overhead bins for your items.
After the primary modifications were accomplished, Ussery was able to concentrate on the added comforts and finer details.
The refurbished plane had three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and even a laundry room.
Along with the washing and dryer, it also had a phone and an oven.
Unquestionably, Ussery’s work on the cockpit’s view of the lake was the best improvement.
She transformed it into a soaking tub–equipped master bathroom fit for a king.
She designed the room’s layout so that anybody who occupied it would experience a sense of floating.
Most importantly, Ussery completed every aspect of the refurbishment by herself.
She lived on her converted plane from 1995 to 1999 before deciding to make it a public museum.
It regrettably fell from the carriage and was destroyed while being transported a short distance.
It’s fortunate that we have these magnificent pictures below:
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