This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

Howard Hughes is an american business icon. He was one of the wealthiest self-made businessmen in the world during his peak. He was also just a super interesting and intelligent dude. He formed Hughes Aircraft Company and designed multiple airplanes. Hughes was an aviation innovator whose legacy still has an impact to this day. He used his access to top of the line aviation technology to set multiple air speed records. He was a film maker who had a knack for making some of the more controversial films of the day like Hells Angels (1930) and Scarface (1932). The guy is a business legend and accomplished some pretty spectacular things. He was also one of the first people to have an executive plane, pretty much a flying office. This thing was absolute luxury in the skies. Every modern amenity you could think of at the time was built into the plane, which there were only 9 of in the world. After Howard Hughes death however, the plane was taken to a plane graveyard and was left to rot away with the countless other planes kept there. Until another creative guy got a hold of it in 1969. Wait till you see what the new owner did with this piece of history. This repurposed plane turned into a boat is absolutely crazy!

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

This is a “Flying Penthouse”, a Boeing 307 Stratoliner that has been modified for private VIP transportation. In fact, this is Howard Hughes personal “Flying Penthouse”.

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

The cockpits on these planes were state of the art for their time.

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

In 1964 a hurricane rendered the plane inoperable. It was then moved to a plane graveyard to live out its remaining days amongst the husks and shells of other planes.

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

In 1969 the plane was bought as scrap for $61.99 by a man named Kenneth W. London, a local realtor and pilot.

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

Unable to make the plane flyable again, he cut the wings off and transported the fuselage to a local marina.

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

Kenneth then spent the next four years transforming this giant shell into something amazing.

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

He turned it into a fully functioning and incredibly unique looking motor yacht!

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

They decided to name the vessel “The Londonaire”. It officially set sail for the first time in July of 1974. 

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

In 1981 the boat was bought by a man named Dave Drimmer. He renamed the vessel “Cosmic Muffin” after publication of Jimmy Buffett’s novel “Where is Joe Merchant”. The ship was even featured in a Jimmy Buffett Music video.

This Couple Bought An Airplane for $61.99 And Made A Boat

That is some luxury cruising right there.

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