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Woman who bought a Boeing 727 for $2,000 turned it into her dream home

Woman who bought a Boeing 727 for $2,000 turned it into her dream home

Why build a house when you can refit an entire plane?

When Jo Ann Ussery's house was destroyed, she instead moved into some more... unusual digs.

Rather than trying to rebuild her house at great expense, she spent around $2,000 on a derelict and disused Boeing 727 plane. It struck her as a better deal than a mobile home or caravan.

The hook-up came via her brother-in-law, an air traffic controller. When he raised the option of buying an old plane, she was sold on the idea pretty quickly.

Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Contributor / Getty
Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Contributor / Getty

Ussery spent six months renovating the plane, insulating it and getting plumbing put in to make it properly habitable.

It got moved to a lot in Benoit, Mississippi, and in 1994 it was all hers, with the modifications that she made transforming it into a fun home for her and her kids.

Half of the plane is actually suspended over a body of water, giving the impression that it's mid-flight, and you entered through the rear end staircase, which was operated by a garage door opener.

Ussery put three bedrooms in, a master bathroom in the cockpit, complete with a hot tub, along with a living room, kitchen and laundry room.

That's basically all you could need - and Ussery wasn't cramped either, considering it was a pretty massive plane that was 12 feet wide in most places.

Talking about this effort some 20 years ago to NBC, Ussery reportedly said that the total spend on the plane ended up being around $50,000.

Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Contributor / Getty
Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Contributor / Getty

The inside of the plane is full of fun details, including an original airplane toilet which still functions.

The overhead lockers are also largely still intact, since they can now be used as really handy storage space. Best of all, unlike on a real flight, whatever you put inside them won't slide about and risk falling out when you open it up again.

Some of the rooms are completely wood-panelled - making them pretty unrecognizable - but others retain some of the plane-like touches, such as panelling and overhead lights.

Because planes are so airtight, it was also apparently a very energy-efficient home that stayed really warm in the winter.

Ussery gave her jet the nickname 'Little Trump', after former president Donald Trump's own lavish private jet.

She lived in her dream home in the 1990s, until it was damaged while being moved to a new location.

Featured Image Credit: Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Contributor / Getty