By Giacomo Brunelli @Giacomo Brunelli
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Videographer / director: Marcus Hessenberg
Producer: Giacomo Brunelli, Ruby Coote
Editor: Tom Buckman
Michele Köbke, 30, from Berlin, Germany considers herself in a relationship with a Boeing 737-800.
Michele says she’s been in love with the aircraft for five years and their relationship is very much physical.
She told Barcroft TV: “The 737-800 is very attractive and sexy to me. He’s the most beautifully built, and he’s a very attractive and elegant aircraft.”
She even nicknamed the 737-800 “Schatz” which translates into “Darling”.
But unlike regular relationships, Michele is unable to spend quality time with her boyfriend:
She explained: “A relationship with a plane is not easy and at times difficult.
“I can only get close to him when I fly with him or when I can get to him in the hangar, which has only happened once in my life.”
However, she has found different ways to indulge in her affection.
She said: “I have a big model of him made of fibreglass as well as real components from him so I can act out my love to some degree.”
She showed BTV various pictures of her kissing the 737-800 and cuddling with components such as doors and panels.
Michele’s affection for the aeroplane is known as objectophilia – when sexual or romantic attraction is focused on a particular inanimate object.
But Michele doesn’t see the physical side of her relationship with the Boeing as any different to with humans.
She explained: “It’s like a normal relationship, we have relaxing evenings together and when we go to bed, we cuddle and fall asleep together”.
Michele realised she had a weakness for aeroplanes when she took her first flight in November 2013.
In March 2014 she boarded her first 737-800 and it was love at first flight.
She said: “I got so excited with boarding the plane, I realised I am in love with the 737-800.”
Years later Michele finally got to spend some quality time alone with her lover, in an airport hangar.
“The first time we really met was the 1st of May 2019, I enjoyed every millisecond with him,” she recalled.
What Michele finds particularly irresistible about the 737-800 is the winglets.
“When I touch his wings, I get immediately sweaty palms and get excited,” she revealed.
And BTV was on hand in September 2019, when Michele gained access to an airport hangar in Stockholm to spend some quality one-on-one time with her 737-800.
As she walked into the hangar, she could barely contain her excitement.
“My cheeks hurt from smiling, I’m the happiest woman in the world – when I’m with him I have everything I need,” she said.
Michele’s ultimate dream is to be able to marry her darling.
She said: “I want to marry my sweetheart and live with him in a hangar – it’s just a special kind of love that doesn’t hurt anybody.”
After an overwhelming day for Michele, she admits her frustrations:
She said: “I wish it was more accepted in society, there are always people who don’t accept it.
“I’m simply different and I stand for my love to my 737.”