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US Coast Guard pilots from Alabama turn helicopter into camper

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May 29, 2022

An Alabama couple has turned a helicopter body purchased off of Facebook Marketplace into a camper suited for outdoor adventures.

Both Maggie Morgan and Blake Morris are helicopter pilots for the U.S. Coast Guard in Mobile, according to WPMI. Morris saw the body for sale by a man in Florida back in 2020, but had no idea what to do with it, just that he wanted it.

“It was kind of a crazy idea,” Morris told the outlet. “I asked Maggie and luckily she was very supportive. I was expecting her to say I was crazy, but she actually said ‘that’s a great idea,’”.

Once the purchase was finalized, the pair got to work transforming the helicopter, which was originally in the possession of the German military police, before it was bought and used in Afghanistan with U.S. Troops for a few years.

Morris told the outlet that it eventually came back to the United States in 2011.

The two keeps interested people up to date on the camper’s progress on their Instagram account, aptly named helicamper_rv.

Among the features of the helicopter camper are outdoor speakers, a cable hookup, as well as an outdoor TV hookup. The camper also includes a special request for the cockpit made by Morris’ wife.

“I wanted to be able to come out and sit and drink my coffee and look out of the windows of the helicopter while we camped,” Morgan said.

Over the course of many months, the pair made modifications inside and outside of the helicopter. Finally, last month, they were able to take the camper out on a camping trip.

“We’ve got a lot of honks,” Morgan told the outlet. “When we’d stop at some of the stop lights, people would honk and roll down their window and ask what it was or they’d give us a big thumbs up.”

To keep up with the camper, check out their Instagram account.


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