When flying was not an option anymore, these planes have found unique ways to stay among us offering their best on ground as they used to do in the skies.
1- Plane turned into Kindergarten
In the Georgian city of Rustavi, an old Yakovlev 42 has been transformed into a functional Kindergarten. Head teacher Gari Chapidze bought the plane from Georgian Airways and arranged for it to be transported to the city of Rustavi, where he refurbished the interiors with educational equipment, games and toys but left the cockpit instruments intact so they could be used as play tools.
“The idea was to create a kindergarten where children go with joy,” Mr Chapidze said. There are around 1,500 buttons in the small Soviet-era plane’s cockpit which the children can play with as they imitate real pilots taking off.
2- A 727 into a deluxe 2 bedroom hotel suite in Costa Rica
This vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe belongs to a Costa Verde hotel located in Costa Rica. In its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia). This fully outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom, Boeing 727 fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording you views that will make you feel like you’re flying.
This airframe was savaged from its San Jose airport-resting place. It was carefully transported on five big-rig trucks to the jungles of Manuel Antonio where they have been resurrected into a unique jumbo hotel suite. The classic airplane, nestled on the edge of the National Park, is perched on a 50-foot pedestal. At this height, you can enjoy scenic ocean and jungle views from the hard wood deck built atop the plane’s former right wing.
via: Hotel Costa verde
3- Furniture made of your favorite plane
If you cannot afford to buy an entire plane or you simply do not have space for it, a company called MotoArt specializes in custom designed home and office furniture so you can feel in the air 24/7.
Their products vary from shelves, coffee tables, desks, reception areas to beds, couches and sculptures. Anything you can imagine, they have it for you.
4- Boeing 727-200 home in Oregon
Bruce Campbell bought his Boeing 727-200 back in 1999 for $100,000. He spends 6 months a year living, working and refurbishing his 727 home in Oregon, United States.
Bruce has worked with as much of the original material of the plane as possible, but improvises when there is a need. This on-going project is more than a hobby for Campbell, it is his passion.
5- JumboStay in Arlanda, Sweden
This 747 bed and breakfast hostel is located at the entrance of Arlanda airport near Stockholm. If you ever dreamed of spending a night in a 747 on ground, here you can do it. this big JumboStay has a total of 27 rooms and a capacity of 76 beds.
The airplane, a decommissioned model 747-200 jumbo jet built in 1976, was last operated by Transjet, a Swedish airline that went bankrupt in 2002. It was originally built for Singapore Airlines and later served with legendary Pan Am.
In Summer 2008, the plane was towed to its final destination at the entrance to Arlanda where it was placed on a concrete foundation with the landing gear secured in two steel cradles.