Man's Plane Simple Idea For A Man-Cave Reachs New Heights
A plane damaged by Cyclone Tracy and left for wreckers has been transformed into a large aluminium man cave.
Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts. Victorian man Ian Hayward has created a man cave that reached new heights. It’s plane crazy.
“I'm past the stage of the big three m's, marriage, mortgage, motor cars... the only rules are no rules,” he told 10 News First.
The 70-year-old must have had his head in the clouds when he planted a de Havilland Dove airliner in his backyard almost two decades ago.
“The plane was built in England in 1956 and they built just over 500 of them.”
The set up has taken off with a flight simulator and a scanner.
The aircraft was used by the Northern Territory Medical Services before it was damaged during Cyclone Tracy in 1974.
Ian bought it for $8,000 from a scrap metal business.
He’s found replica items to complete his collection, including a stretcher and straight-jacket.
“Ambulance had all this stuff and they were going to throw it out.”
His special spot had a turbulent past with neighbours, ruffling a few feathers. But after 18 years, it's plane sailing now.
“All that gets left to history is bits and pieces and you need nutters like me.”