Extreme recycling: Watch a cutting-edge house take wing in the Malibu hills
Architect Hertz likens the reuse of the plane’s 4.5 million parts to recycling a “big aluminum can.” A 50-foot long section of the upper fuselage will be the roof of an art studio on the property. Another section of the fuselage, along with the upper first-class cabin, will become the guest house roof.
With the plane filleted (sliced in half lengthwise, with wings still attached) then dismantled, specially rigged flatbed trucks hauled the pieces to Camarillo, California.
From there, the 125-foot wings, too long for trucking up winding roads, got dropped in by a Chinook helicopter.