Top 10 greatest reuses of retired airplanes


We probably rarely think of what happens to the aircraft when it retires from service. Unfortunately, most of them are condemned to rust away in an aircraft graveyard yet there are the lucky ones which are given the second live due to the efforts of the creative people. You will be surprised of how many interesting and unique ways the old airplanes can be repurposed!

So take a look at ten most creative decisions to reuse the retired airplanes:

1. “Jumbo Stay” hostel

Located at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport this unique design hostel “Jumbo Stay” was once a flying jetliner Boeing 747-200, built in 1976. In 2008, Oscar Diös turned it into an incredible looking 29-room hostel. What amazing dreams may come while sleeping up in the sky!


2. Hotel “Costa Verde”

A vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airplane has found a new destination – it was converted into a luxury hotel suite. Situated on the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, this cozy hotel with the incredible jungle view is a great resort for every nature lover.


3. “El Avion” restaurant

Made from the body of an old 1954 Fairchild C-123, “El Avion” restaurant and bar offers a lot of interesting aviation related entertainment for visitors. While having drinks in the cockpit, you can live out your fantasies of becoming a pilot. As well as the food from the kitchen is delivered on the old fuselage dumbwaiter.


4. Space Shuttle Café

Built in 1944, the aircraft DC-3 flew during World War II. Fortunately in 1976 it was saved from the wrecking ball and was converted into the street-use vehicle. DC-3 became road worthy airplane, operated as a food truck, only quite different from the regular ones.


5. Boat “The Cosmic Muffin”

Owned by the legendary aviator Howard Hughes, the old Boeing 307 Stratoliner was declared no longer airworthy in 1969, though transformed into an extraordinary looking boat named “The Cosmic Muffin”. Produced from the front-end of an airplane, this boat can be seen floating on the waterways of Fort Lauderdale in Florida.


6. Jet Limo

American legend, Limo Bob, decided to make an incredible look limousine made of an old Boeing 727 jet plane. Operating as a taxi, this eye catchy Jet Limo could be an unusual choice for traveling around Los Angeles.


7. Housebus

One more road worthy airplane-made vehicle – a bus. A classic McDonnell Douglas DC-3 was converted to a road legal housebus. Retro-style house on wheels was designed from the original front of the airplane and it looks quite appealing to set off to the road trip.


8. The 747 Wing House

Francie Rehwald of Malibu decided to have an unusual design house whereby the basic building material is the parts of Boeing 747. What is interesting, the house roof, made of airplane wings, had to be registered with the FAA in order for pilots flying overhead to not mistake it for an in-service aircraft.


9. Playground in Ecuador

This former military aircraft Douglas DC-6B now serves as entertainment for the youth of Quito in La Carolina Park. Disused four-engine airplane was modified and transformed into a decorative object of children’s playground.


10. Kindergarten in Rustavi, Georgia

Head teacher Gari Chapidze bought a retired Yakovlev Yak-42 from Georgian Airways and transformed it into a kindergarten classroom. He renewed an interior of the airplane with educational equipment, games and toys, but he left the cockpit intact so that the children could use it as play tools and pretend to be pilots.


Due to adaptations, ranging from living spaces to children’s playgrounds, our environment become more unique and extraordinary, but the most important thing is that the retired aircraft are saved from lonely death. As long as there are such creative people the aircraft are tranquil about their final destination.


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