‘The fastest home in the housing industry’ is the claim put out by Max Power Aerospace, Inc. Formed in 1998, the company’s primary business is salvaging retired airliners for their parts. Tom Bennington, Max Power’s president and a former 727 captain, loves to talk about building houses out of Boeing airliners. The company now has a patent on its 727 house design, which can be set up on land, in a lake or even in the ocean.

An airplane’s structure is built to carry up to 189 people at over 920 km/h and in temperatures of -60 degrees Celcius. It can safely protect you through any winds, even hurricane force winds. THe amount of energy to heat and cool it is minimal.

The patent concerns a wind-resistant habitable dwelling, which includes the fuselage of an aircraft rotatably mounted on a single support column. The vertical tail fin is kept to allow the dwelling to pivot on the column and point in the direction of the prevailing wind, exactly like a wind vane would. The fuselage of the aircraft has points all along its undercarriage to support framework for attachment to a column.

For $290,000, you get the aircraft fuselage and both wings; the vertical stabilizer, including the a second engine inlet; one Carbis staircase (main entry over the left wing). Handrails can be attached on the wings. The finishing and sealing of unnecessary openings on the aircraft’s exterior skin and an all over exterior paint job. The two times 48 passenger windows along the sides of the aircraft remain unchanged. Cockpit windows are replaced with windows that swing forward and open out. Opening the cockpit windows out allows breezes to flow through the hull.

You also get a finished interior package, including walls and lighting; the basic floor plan of kitchen, full bath, half bath, two bedrooms and public areas in the centre of the aircraft, such as a living room; a connector, the steel column and large bearing on which the aircraft smoothly rotates, and a steel and concrete cylindrical shaped footer that securely anchors the wind vane home into earth.

While a working example has yet to be constructed, there has been substantial interest in Max Power’s 727 home design. As this story goes to press, the company is currently working out the technical requirements for what could be their first sale.

Max Power Aerospace

Airplane Home (concept, 2003)

Boeing 727 (1963 – 1984)

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