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Inside The Douglas DC-6 That Now Serves As An Alaskan Abode

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A pilot in Alaska recently revealed one of the most unique AirBnBs in the platform's library. Visitors can rent a fully livable house that was converted from a McDonnell Douglas DC-6 cargo plane. The aircraft was made into a home by Jon Kotwicki, a pilot based in Big Lake, Alaska.

Old freighter aircraft

The original aircraft was a DC-6 Everts Air Cargo plane that first flew in 1956. The aircraft is now located in Big Lake, Alaska, after Kotwicki converted it into a home. The owner put the aircraft near a 1,700-foot-long private airstrip. He stated that the surrounding area has sufficient space for cars, trucks, and bush planes.

DC-6 airplane home in alaska

Kotwicki converted the aircraft's cargo area into bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom, then added a washer and dryer. The cockpit is still intact, and Kotwicki even mentioned that he has eventual plans to turn the cockpit into a full-scale flight simulator using actual flight controls. As the home is a converted aircraft, the owner issues a warning to be careful in the listing's description. The description reads,

"This is a real airplane that has flown around the world for many years. It has been meticulously gone over to ensure it is comfortable and safe for all of our guests. That being said, common sense is still required when walking around the outside of the aircraft and poking your head into all the compartments you do not normally have access to as a passenger. Please be safe, watch out for sharp edges, and realize that while you are welcome to explore and put your hands on all parts of the airplane inside and out, there are many parts and pieces of the airplane that still can hurt you if you do not know what you are doing."

The aircraft was brought to its current home in Big Lake by complete disassembly. The wings were removed from the aircraft and split into sections for transport. The entire fuselage was hauled on one trailer to the owner's property.

Living area

Guests can enter the home through stairs leading up to the aircraft's cargo door. The cargo door entrance is located near the tail end of the aircraft, and once the guests enter, they are in the aircraft's mud room.

a table and chairs in a room

The mud room entrance houses a full-size washer and dryer, features heated floors, and has the original cargo doors used on the aircraft. The guest then can travel down a hallway to find the first of two bedrooms, a slim guest room that sleeps two.

a laundry room with a wood floor and a wood floor
a hallway with a door and a wood floor
a bed in a room
Inside the DC-6 AirBnB located in Alaska.

Continuing down the hallway will lead directly into the kitchen. The kitchen holds a full-size refrigerator, microwave oven, and a regular-sized sink. The kitchen also has a common area with seating for six at the table.

The living room next has a pull-out couch and even a coffee table made from an actual Boeing 767 wheel. The common area has a working cargo door that opens up to provide incredible mountain views.

a couch in a room

On the exterior, Kotwicki installed a deck with patio furniture and a grill on the left-hand wing. Underneath the wing are also two sets of swings.

a door to a deck

The aft section of the aircraft houses the master bedroom and bathroom, full-size with a tiled shower. The bedroom has a king-size bed located in the tailcone. Kotwicki also mentioned that he plans to keep upgrading this initial AirBnB. He also hopes to create two more houses from aircraft in the future.

a bed in a tunnel
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Source: SupercarBlondie, AirBnB

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