In Topeka, Kansas, is a historic 1967 BAC One-Eleven airliner. It has been there for at least 20 years, its engines never start and its wings never fly through the clouds again. Now, it is for sale and the possibilities of what to do with this landed plane, they are endless. I could see this turn into the coolest little house in the middle of nowhere.
For a long time I dreamed of turning an airplane into a kind of living space. Ordinary people could never afford to own and operate an airplane of this size, but they could do more with one. Forget a cabin in the woods, how about a airliner In the woods?
As BAE Systems ExplainThe design of the BAC One-Eleven began in the 1950s as the 30-seat Hunting Aircraft H107. Hunting, as well as Vickers-Armstrongs, Bristol, and English Electric merged in 1960 to become the British Aircraft Corporation. Vickers-Armstrongs was already working on a 140-seat development of its VC10 quad rear engine. But eventually, it was decided that the H107 had merit and competing projects within the conglomerate merged to become the BAC107.
For now, the BAC107 went from its original 30-seat layout to 59-seat, but as BAE Systems notes, market research showed that was not enough. The aircraft would be reworked to increase capacity to 80 and torque to 7,000 lbf Project Bristol Siddeley BS75 turbofans replaced by 10,410 lbf Rolls-Royce Spey 506 turbofans. The BAC One-Eleven (or BAC1-11, or 111) was born.
The BAC One-Eleven stood out as an advanced aircraft for its time. For example, after the loss of a prototype during a weight loss test in 1963, shakers and pushers were installed on all One-Eleven. These devices warn pilots of an imminent stall to intervene if necessary.
Unfortunately, sales were hampered by sales restrictions in the United States, where authorities denied permission to airlines to purchase foreign-made aircraft. American Airlines, Mohawk Airlines and Braniff International broke restrictions and placed orders.
The BAC 111-422EQ here, registration N789CF, was delivered to São Paulo Airways (VASP) in 1967, according to Planespotters. It flew with the airline until 1974 until it became a VIP setup and went through numerous charter flights and oil companies.
However, as the current owner and seller points out, the plane has not flown from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. That suggests the plane was still changing hands while idle.
The aircraft has survived such long storage.
The seller says the aircraft is complete, including both engines, the cockpit, and the APU. Much of the interior has also remained intact. The buyer gets some spare parts, including a set of brakes.
Sadly, don’t expect to get there with a ton of batteries and take it home with you. Vice Grip Garage style. There are no log books, and it is unknown what will happen after I bring it back after more than 20 years of inactivity. These engines would probably need an overhaul and that could set you back. a million dollars each.
So forget about making this fly again, that’s for people with a lot of money. Instead I’d say find someone with a truck and low bed trailer and then tow this thing out to a field somewhere. Then turn it into the coolest little house that ever lived.
It is true that it is still quite expensive, but work with me, here. Something similar has been done with a retired Boeing 727 by a man named Bruce Campbell (not that Bruce Campbell) and the end result is the stuff of dreams.
Alternatively, if you’re rare enough and have enough time, skill, or money, you can make it one of the coolest RVs on the road.
the seller says who are willing to entertain almost no offer, even trade-ins. They say they would let it go cheaper than you think. If you’re thinking of having the best flight simulator on the block, a teaching tool, or the coolest centerpiece for your terrain, this could be the solution.