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Project Overview

How we'll transform a retired Boeing 747-400 into a home and shared community resource.
Updated 6 December 2017

I wish to site an intact (except engines) retired Boeing 747-400 aircraft near Miyazaki to serve as my private home.  But the aircraft will provide frequent support for the community as well in the form of full press support, public tours, including student group tours, special events such as unique classes or social gatherings, and, my favorite, Concert on a Wing events, ultimately complete with choreographed aircraft illumination systems, including special dynamic adornments.

(My dream is for Yuko Pomily-san to perform on my wing, finishing deeply into dusk in a flourish with a robust rendition of "Arigatou" complete with 747 system choreography, perhaps to become an iconic Nippon experience.  And Seiko-san's in my heart too of course...)

This is a full bird project except for engine removal (but engine cowlings will be retained) - the aircraft will remain completely intact and functional even though it will never fly again.  The engines will be retained too if they've reached full retirement time and have very little value but that's highly unlikely.  No salvage firm will be involved in any way at any time.  And only the most minimal alterations will be made to the aircraft in the home transformation process - only those necessary to add domestic electrical outlets (but using safe and modern IEC-320 type receptacles such as found on current IT equipment - no obsolete NEMA type will be utilized), full capacity 60 Hz to 400 Hz power converters, at least two shower rooms and associated plumbing, and a minimal array of domestic appliances and furnishings.  And most native incandescent bulbs will be replaced with 28 Vdc capable COB LED bulbs (using the original sockets of course).

The idea is to retain the full scintillating aerospace technology core spirit and environment of the aircraft and allow it to wholly dominate.  So the aircraft will be modified in only the most minimal manner practical.  Most passenger seats will be removed (perhaps very roughly 75% of them) to create a far more spacious interior experience, and some furnishings will be installed.  But otherwise it will look and feel primarily like the usual aircraft we all board from time to time.

I feel very strongly about this project - I'm convinced there's a need to efficiently execute a compelling model which demonstrates far better use of these magnificent aerospace clippers and believe such a model is long overdue.  And I'm fortunate to have sufficient personal financial resources to complete the endeavor.  But in an effort to extend the vision to additional aircraft homes I'd like to explore productive partnerships to expand participation and goals.  I hope this project will lead to something of a global human epiphany - a common realization that there are far better and surprisingly straightforward means to utilize a truly great resource which we've been woefully wasting for decades.

Due to the important cultural and historic connection I'm very disappointed to be too late to execute this project with an ANA or JAL 747-400.  However two last Nippon 747-400 aircraft remain and I'd be thrilled to pursue an opportunity to preserve one of them, and thus am eager to chat with anyone about such a possibility.  If there is to be a chance to utilize one of these aircraft the process will of course have to be managed with a great deal of deft and an unusually high level of respect even by the lofty standards of this land.

Otherwise a 747-400 from another country will be procured.  In that case if this project is superbly executed perhaps the airline's original natural livery could be retained in a mutually beneficial partnership which trades favorable aircraft acquisition terms for the substantial promotional benefits the firm would realize from this project.  Optionally perhaps the livery of another airline such as JAL, ANA, or Solaseed Air could be utilized.

If a commercial livery is utilized it would remain the material property of the represented airline to retain or remove at any time wholly at its sole discretion.  If we execute this project very well such a partnership might prove to be highly beneficial for both parties.  I'm very eager to chat with any airline firm which might wish to explore this possibility.  My sense is that the airline would derive a great deal of very positive global notoriety from this project - perhaps more than the retirement value of the aircraft.  So I encourage all airlines which will retire 747-400 aircraft to consider this option very carefully.  For more about this please see A Pitch to Airlines With Retiring 747-400s.

Bruce Campbell

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