Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Architect David Hertz and homeowner Francie Rehwald took that mantra to new heights with the creation of the 747 Wing House.


It is known as the 747 Wing House.  From the air, pilots have mistaken it for a downed aircraft.  Consequently, it is registered with the FAA.  But this striking 4700-square-foot contemporary home, located on a hillside in Malibu, California, was once a Pam Am 747; and, its second act begins in the Mojave Desert.

Situated in the high desert at an elevation of 2,791 ft., the Mojave Air and Space Port is a general-use public airport.  It also focuses on flight testing, space industry development and aircraft maintenance and storage.  Although it is estimated that fewer than 75 planes reside there today, for decades it was a massive airplane boneyard;  and, it was here that homeowner Francie Rehwald and architect David Hertz found the decommissioned commercial jetliner that would be used in the construction of the 747 Wing House.  In 2005, they procured the parts for $50,000.

Five years elapsed between the point of purchase and the move-in date.  Conceptualizing the structure was relatively straight forward – realizing it was another matter entirely.  In addition to disassembling and shipping the airplane via trucks and helicopters (a process that necessitated road closures), several government agencies had to sign off on the creative reuse of the Pan Am 747.  But clearly, it was all worth it.  To tour this stunning home visit:

Credits:  Photo by Carson Leh 

© 2012 Global Aviation. All Rights Reserved.