Friday, May 30, 2008

Fantasy Offices: Salvaged Stratotanker Cockpit

Sometime during the next year or so, I plan to build a small office in our back yard to free up some extra space in our house for our kid to have a playroom.

As a practical matter, our yard has no access to the street, so it'll probably be easiest for us to build something onsite. Still, I find myself plagued with fantasies that involve creating the office (aka: The Manshack) out of some sort of salvaged structure -- the more industrial the better.

Case in point: How awesome would it be to turn this into a back yard office? I took this photo of a cockpit salvaged from a 1940s-vintage KC-97 Stratotanker during a visit to Tucson in 2003. Adapted from the design of the WWII B-29 Superfortress bomber, the KC-97 was the military airborne-refueler version of the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser airliner -- and for my money, it's the most retrofuture aircraft ever built. As an office, it'd be most sublime, eh?