There are those who one day heard that “I stomped on my car and it flew away” and wanted to find the most similar sensations possible. At least something like that must have crossed the mind of Gino Lucci, a retired US Air Force pilot who played an abandoned plane a whole motorhome.

More or less literally. Because determined to have one of the craziest and most extravagant vehicles in the world, Lucci used the fuselage of a real plane to create a motorhome almost four meters high and more than eleven long. Of course, he can boast that his motorhome is not short on space.

Once upon a time there was a plane attached to a truck

From what we have been able to learn from the YouTube channel Barcroft Cars, the love story between planes and Gino Lucci began when he was a child. Over the years, he was able to achieve his dream of being pilot but, retired, he managed to find another way to continue enjoying his beloved planes.

Without the ability to travel by air, he decided he could do the same by land, when his son told him that the fuselage of a Douglas R4D military transport plane was completely abandoned in a town in Missouri. Determined to give it a second life, the old pilot did not hesitate for a moment. Thus The Fabolous Flamingo was born.

The idea was as crazy as it was brilliant: take the chassis of a truck (an International DuraStar 4400) and climb on top of it the aircraft fuselage. After several attempts in which they were cutting the latter to fit it as well as possible, they found the key. They already had their spectacular hybrid plane and truck. An embryo of your future motorhome. In short, a plane stuck to a truck.

With many hours behind them, Lucci and sons managed to completely renew the image of the fuselage and make it habitable again. The result is a spectacular vehicle of 3.8 meters high and 11.6 meters long. To move this plane off the road, they rely on the truck’s original 7.6 liter Navistar DT466 engine.

Not only that, this impressive motorhome is a monster capable of speeds up to 137 km/h. And it is that the engine (which originally delivers up to 300 hp) has had to be modified to put in motion an artifact that weighs 7,771 kg. Inside it has all the comforts of home and, in addition, Lucci has wanted to maintain the original communication services of the 40s.

To achieve the impressive final result, Lucci and his sons have used over three years and $20,000, which have been invested almost entirely in materials to refurbish the interior of the fuselage. To see more images of the project, The Fabolous Flamingo has its own Instagram account

Photo | H.Michael Miley


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Tarun Kumar

Tarun Kumar has worked in the News sector for 05 years and is currently the Owner and Editor of Then24. He reside in Delhi, India with his Family.

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