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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

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Ms Rehwald fixing part of the house's undercarriage yesterday

A woman in California has said she "fully intends" to live in her new house made entirely from the recycled parts of a 747 Jumbo jet.
I'm not joking.

Francie Rehwald said she wanted her home to have a "feminine" look, to have luscious curves and be eco-friendly.

Her dim-witted architect's answer was: "Let's use a 747!"

SCRAP

The pair set about collecting spare Jumbo jet parts from local scrap merchants, and have now amassed enough to completely reconstruct an entire plane, which will have the added bonus of being able to fly around the world's skies at 30,000 feet, albeit in a decrepit state.

Ms Rehwald's family owns one of California's largest Mercedes-Benz dealerships, and you would have thought that, having as much money as she undoubtedly has, she could have afforded to have lived in a home somewhat more 'upmarket'.

The property will be set on a 55-acre (22-ha) piece of land on the remote Malibu hills, looking out onto a nearby mountain range, a valley and the Pacific Ocean, but will obviously spend time all over the world as Ms Rehwald intends to travel a lot.

POSTAL CONCERNS

One concern is over how she will receive her mail. Local postman, Bert Wiggins, said:

"I've only got a bike. I'm not chasing a Jumbo jet all over the world with her mail!"

TURBULENCE

The house will not suffer from turbulence, say aviation experts.

DELAYS

Nor will it be subject to annoying travel delays.

SUSTAINABLE

The project's architect, David Hertz, says he came up with the idea of using an aeroplane to build a home to Ms Rehwald's specifications.

"Yes, it was my fault! As we analysed the cost, it seemed to make more and more sense to acquire an entire aeroplane and to use as many of the components as possible, like the Native American Indians used every part of the buffalo. By the way, I'm deranged!"

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