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Bruce Campbell's Boeing 727-200

A decade ago, Bruce Campbell, a soft-spoken, kind, and intelligent electrical engineer took on a project of almost epic proportions. Through an aircraft broker, he purchased a worn 1969 Olympic Airways Boeing 727-200, an aircraft that had made more than 40,000 flights, mostly between Greek cities as well as larger European capitals. In his 727-200, Bruce saw more than a plane that deserved to escape the giant metal shears aircraft salvage yards use to hack apart planes. Instead, he saw the plane as a work of art, and, testimony to the incredible technological achievement of the assemblers, aeronautical engineers, mechanics, pilots, electrical engineers and all those who made air travel safe and attainable for millions of people. Rather than see it mindlessly butchered, at considerable expense, Bruce had the wings and tail removed at a local airport outside of Portland before towing it several miles to his secluded, hillside property where it has remained. It is his home, and he has steadily worked to restore it, fighting against the counterforces of nature--water, ultraviolet light, moss, and mildew among others. Even after seeing it in photographs, coming upon the 727 home, formerly the Olymic Airways flagship "Mount Parnassus," for the first time is stunning. Airplanes are typically seen in the air, or when on the ground, on an asphalt or concrete tarmac. Encountering a very large, intact aircraft in a mowed clearing, surrounded by Douglas first and walnut trees, is a unique experience.
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Boeing 727-200, with owner Bruce Campbell (left).
Boeing 727-200, with owner Bruce Campbell (left).
Cockpit.
Cockpit.
Flight Engineer Panel.
Flight Engineer Panel.
Wiring bundle, cockpit ceiling.
Wiring bundle, cockpit ceiling.
Cabin, with seats removed. The composite floor panels have been replaced with clear panels.
Cabin, with seats removed. The composite floor panels have been replaced with clear panels.
Wires beneath cabin floor.
Wires beneath cabin floor.
Looking outside from the front starboard hatch.
Looking outside from the front starboard hatch.
Fuselage, looking to the rear. The engines have been removed.
Fuselage, looking to the rear. The engines have been removed.
Fuselage, toward the rear.
Fuselage, toward the rear.
Fuselage, showing two of the three engines.
Fuselage, showing two of the three engines.
Inside the tail. The circle in the bottom of the photo is the duct for one of the engines.
Inside the tail. The circle in the bottom of the photo is the duct for one of the engines.
Front of the Mt. Parnassus.
Front of the Mt. Parnassus.
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