Johnny Palmer recently bought the relic of a Boeing 727-100 VP-CMN for less than the cost of an average car to repurpose it as an event centre for Pytch, his broadcast, creative and technical business out of Brislington, Bristol, England.
The jet, which is said to have a mysterious history, had been stored in the yard of Cotswold Airport for a decade before Palmer laid eyes on it and wanted it for his own. Conscientious about air emissions and waste, the entrepreneur began the thirteen-month plus process of registering the aircraft for transport to his warehouse location.
Rain and soggy weather prohibited the transport since any movement from the 120-foot fuselage would have sunk the 27-ton vehicle into the ground. It stayed at the airport for weeks until the earth dried up.
On Saturday February 27, 2021 mats were placed underneath its wheels and the 1968 aircraft slid from its spot effortlessly. It took from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that afternoon driving 20 kilometers an hour, taking up two lanes of roadway, barely scraping underpasses and several hairy turns to bring it to its new home.