The trend of using unconventional materials like buses, tiny houses, and shipping containers for building homes has been steadily gaining popularity.
These unique and affordable alternatives offer the same level of comfort and a range of customization options. However, Jo Ann Ussery paved the way for this trend long before it became fashionable. In 1993, after her home in Benoit, Mississippi, was devastated, she embarked on an extraordinary adventure, transforming an old Boeing 727 into a stunning and fully functional home.
Ussery’s journey began when her husband unexpectedly passed away, leaving her and her two children in need of a new place to live. Struggling financially, she initially thought of buying a trailer as a solution. However, she soon realized that she couldn’t afford a home large enough to accommodate her growing family. It was then that Bob, Ussery’s in-law and an air traffic controller, suggested an unconventional idea – living on a plane.
Intrigued by the concept, Ussery went to view a disassembled Boeing 727 and fell in love at first sight. The best part? The plane only cost $2,000, including shipping. Inspired by the fact that Donald Trump also owned a private Boeing 727, Ussery named her new acquisition “Little Trump”. With determination and creativity, Ussery began the substantial task of transforming the plane into a unique and comfortable home. For less than $30,000 (equivalent to approximately $60,000 today), she embarked on a project that would require significant time and financial investment.