The Jumbo’s Second Acts

After their service with the airlines is over, 747s wind up in the strangest places.

This jumbo jet found a new life as a restaurant in Seoul, South Korea. (Kanghee Rhee)

The Boeing 747 became iconic during its decades of service flying all over the world. Some people are trying to keep the fame going for the beloved jumbo, which serves its owners in a variety of ways on the ground. The airplanes, which can be bought from an airline after retirement, are typically re-sold through such outfits as Trade-A-Plane and Depending on condition and age, prices can range from $2 million to $110 million.

At the Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark in McMinnville, Oregon, a rooftop 747 serves as a starting point for watersides that empty into a pool in the building below. (Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum)
Another 747 has been sliced up and turned into a house on a 55-acre property in the Santa Monica mountains in California. (Courtesy David Hertz Architects)
Jumbo Stay Hostel, a 747 made into a hotel at Sweden’s Stockholm Arlanda Airport. (Jumbo Stay Hostel)
Inside the hostel, you can sleep on a 747 without getting a stiff neck. (Jumbo Stay Hostel)
A shattered 747 that appeared in the 2005 version of War of the Worlds can be seen on the Universal Studios tour in Los Angeles. (Roger Schultz)
In Seoul, South Korea, the second 747 built (named the Clipper Juan T. Trippe) failed as a restaurant and was demolished in 2010. (Alex Hoban)

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