This Royal Navy Sea King Helicopter Transformed Into Glamping Pod
A retired helicopter, which was bought at an Ministry of Defence auction, has been transformed into a glamping pod. The 17m (56ft) Royal Navy Sea King was bought by Stirling farmer Martyn Steedman for £7,000 ($9,000).
He has now had it converted into a holiday home, complete with a shower room and mini kitchen, which can sleep a family of six. The helicopter retired from active service in 1994 and was used in naval training until 2002.
“We saw the Sea Kings being retired and they flew over the Wallace Monument which was quite an amazing thing to see,” Mr Steadman told BBC Scotland. “Then in the paper the next day they were talking about selling them off and I just thought ‘that would be an idea – something completely different’.”
Mr Steedman retained the helicopter’s sliding door and replaced the tail rotors with ones he bought online. The helicopter now has a double and a triple bed as well as a single bed in the tail. The curved walls have been insulated, wood panelled and painted which gives the inside the look of an upturned hull of a boat.