Woman Turns Boeing Plane Into Fully Functional Home

Buses, small houses, and shipping containers have all seen a surge in appeal as potential building materials for one-of-a-kind dwellings.

These alternatives to standard lodgings offer the same level of comfort at a fraction of the price and with a wide range of personalization options.

But Jo Ann Ussery made her own unique house long before it was cool.

She bought a decommissioned Boeing 727 and transformed it into a lavish mansion.

(video of the plane can be found below)

One-of-a-kind housing

In 1993, Ussery’s home in Benoit, Mississippi was destroyed, marking the beginning of her journey.

Her husband had recently passed away, so she and her two kids needed a place to live but had very little money.

She had hoped that getting a trailer would solve all of her issues, but she soon discovered that she couldn’t afford a house that was big enough to accommodate her family of three.

Ussery’s brother-in-law, Bob, is an air traffic controller and proposed that they try living on an airplane.

Ussery was receptive to the concept, so he went to examine a Boeing 727 that was about to be broken up for parts.

She fell in love at first sight, and the price, including shipping, was only $2,000.

Ussery gave her Boeing 727 the moniker “Little Trump” after learning that Donald Trump also had a private Boeing 727.

She jumped right into her expensive and time-consuming home improvements.

Major refurbishment

She put in less than $30,000 (around $60,000 in today’s money) on the makeover.

She needed to make sure it stayed put in its current location while she worked on the inside.

Ussery made use of the lake that was already present on her property by parking the plane such that the nose pointed out over the water. Because of this particular reason, a substantial amount of concrete was used to secure the tail. She then started demolishing the nearly 1,500 square foot interior.

The plane measures 138 feet in length and has 76 windows.

The windows did not open, as is standard on commercial planes, but that was not a problem on the Ussery because the plane was equipped with air conditioning.

She upgraded the insulation and laid new flooring as well. What exactly from the original 727 has been preserved?

Having only one airplane lavatory and the overhead bins to store your belongings is a brilliant answer to the problem of limited space.

Interior features

Ussery was able to move on to the finer touches and extra comforts after the major renovations were finished.

There were three bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen, and even a laundry room in the updated plane.

It also had an oven and a phone in addition to the washer and dryer.

What Ussery did with the cockpit looking out over the lake was unquestionably the best improvement.

She renovated it into a master bathroom fit for a king, complete with a soaking tub.

She planned the room’s layout so that its occupants would feel as though they were floating in midair.

Most notably, Ussery did all the remodeling work by herself.

Between 1995 until 1999, she called her converted jet home before deciding to open it to the world as a museum.

It was being transported a short distance when it tragically fell off the carriage and was destroyed.

It’s a good thing we have these breathtaking snapshots below:

https://youtu.be/0H2Wvvd69L0

25 Years Later They Laugh At Critics Who Said Marriage Wouldn’t Last

There are many people who get married despite the fact that critics may doubt their ability to stay married for the long term. This often happens when we get married quickly or perhaps we are young and people don’t think we are yet responsible enough for the bond.

In 1995, there was a young couple who also were doubted but they ended up getting married and they stayed married for 25 years. They also were the first couple with Down syndrome in the UK to become husband and wife.

These days, we hear about people who have Down syndrome getting married on a regular basis. At that time, however, it was unheard of and it was the first time in the world that a couple with Down syndrome said I do.

Just like any other disability, however, those with Down syndrome have the ability to beat the odds, and certainly, that is what Tommy and Maryanne Pilling did. In fact, they are an inspiration to many who wonder if they have what it takes.

Maryanne was born in 1971. Her mother, Linda Martin, provided her with a loving atmosphere at home and she also had a sister who loved her as well. There were still times, however, when she struggled in life and she was even rejected by her father.

Since she was raised in a loving household, however, she grew up to be a very loving woman. It was easy to see in her lively personality.

Tommy was born in 1958 and was an only child. When he was 12 years old, he became an orphan and he grew up in a care home in Essex. He did have delayed development because of a lack of a support system, and he didn’t care much for his physical appearance.

When the two of them met in 1990, they were working in a kitchen in a training home for disabled individuals. He was 32 and she was 19 at the time.

It was easy to see how Maryanne felt about Tommy because she would absolutely light up when she spoke about him. They shared a number of common interests, such as music, cooking, movies, and doing craftwork.

Tommy also loved Elvis Pressley and the two of them would dance together on a regular basis. He would also let her know how much he loved her, and eventually, the family got accustomed to having him around.

18 months after they started dating, he proposed to her and asked her mother for permission to marry her daughter. The mother didn’t hesitate, she gave her blessings right away.

Other people, however, were not quite so positive about the idea of the two of them getting married. Some said that she wasn’t ready for it and some even asked about their sex life.

Despite the fact that they were criticized openly, they got married in 1995. 250 people came to the wedding, which was a fairytale for them.

They lived together with her family for seven years before moving into their own apartment next door. Her sister also moved along with them.

They have a very strong bond because he listens carefully when she speaks. There is never any type of hidden agenda and they love each other with their whole hearts.

Unfortunately, Tommy was hospitalized in 2020 after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and then got COVID. Due to his declining health, he passed away. That was on January 1, 2021.

When the news was broken to her, she seemed to understand but still was a little confused about the situation. We are just glad that they had almost 30 years together, and they loved each other till the end.

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