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Junked jumbo jet becomes dream home

Extreme recycling: Watch a cutting-edge house take wing in the Malibu hills

Recycled jet home
Photo by Ron Senso

From jet to dream house: How to find a junked plane

Like hundreds of aging 747s from the U.S. fleet, this one was retired to an “airplane junkyard” in California’s Mojave Desert.

Francie Rehwald snapped it up for $35,000, the price of its principal raw material—aluminum—without engines and electrical components.

The jet was 63 feet high, 195 feet wingtip to wingtip, and 230 feet long—about two-thirds the length of a football field.


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