Ten Amazing Ways to Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle Aeroplanes

If there is one thing I wish I had got to do in my life it is to fly on Concorde. Not that I did and indeed will ever have enough money to do so, but it would have been nice. But alas they are all been mothballed (because they were dangerous) and are now in museums around the World. But what happens to all the other passenger planes that have been retired or scrapped? Well, it seems people do all sorts of strange things with them…



Airplane turned into play park
Aeroplane turned into play park

10 – Keeping the kids happy.

Those of you that have been reading my blog for a while might well remember this image from my post “Top 10 Most Amazing Play Parks” but for a bit of background info it is located in an Airbase, Ukraine and is one of the best ways to recycle a plane I have seen!

Airplane turned into School
Aeroplane turned into School

9 – The School Run

When the Georgian city of Rustavi needs a new kindergarten classroom they knew things were not going to be easy. With the country running out of money and local councils making cuts, not commitments they knew they needed to think outside the box. And it seems they looked to the skies for inspiration because they ended up turning a Yakovlev Yak-42 plane into what I think is the world’s coolest school!

Airplane turned into Boat
Aeroplane turned into Boat

8 – The Seaplane

I have no idea how hard it is to convert a passenger plane into a pleasure boat, but it seems to work really well! Made by Dave Drimmer & Jeff Gibbs the ‘Cosmic Muffin’ really is very creative making it a great use of old planes.

Airplane turned into Furniture
Aeroplane turned into Furniture

7 – Who is this IKEA person you speak of?!?

From a conference desk made from the wings to a bed and reception desk made from the plane’s turbines, these amazing bits of furniture are from a company called Motorart and what they do best is recycle components of aeroplanes into functional furniture!

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Airplane turned into Limo
Aeroplane turned into Limo

6 – Super Taxi

This incredible Limo made from an old Boeing 727 jet plane was once again first seen in my post “Top 10 Most Unusual Limousines” and is owned by a Mexican Limo firm with a taste for the creative. I would love to turn up at the airport for my flight in this.

Airplane turned into Caravan
Aeroplane turned into Caravan

5 – Fly Berth

This single passenger Piper Comanche micro has been turned into a single berth caravan with Hugh Darrington at the controls his project called ” AEROCAMPER ” is a great use of smaller planes that have been put into retirement for whatever reason.

Airplane turned into Bus
Aeroplane turned into Bus

4 – From Airbus to…well, a bus!

Seem in Queensland Australia is amazing bus was once a classic McDonnell Douglas DC-3 but is now a road legal bus! Not only is this a great idea, but given the retro look of the original plane’s nose, it helps it to look amazing as well.

Air-plane Recycled into a hotel
Aeroplane Recycled into a hotel

3 – The only plane that gives everyone a sleeper seat!

Located at Stockholm airport this rather unusual hotel called “Jumbo Stay”  was once a Boeing 747 and apparently is a rather high-class place to stay. Perfect if you are waiting for a transfer flight, it was made by Oscar Dios who apparently just loves planes!

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Airplane turned into Restaurant
Aeroplane turned into Restaurant

2 –  In-Flight Food

Seen in Mokpo City, South Korea this Boeing 747 restaurant has in fact been closed down because it was deemed to be unsafe. But in its hay days, it had over 150 tables that could accommodate over 500 people! It is a real shame it’s gone because it looks amazing.

Airplane turned into house
Aeroplane turned into house

1 – Flying home

This is the stunning home of Joanne Ussary who bought an old Boeing 727 for next to nothing and ended up with one of the most famous homes in the World! Not only does it look cool outside, it also looks rather cool on the inside!

Author: Gus Barge

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