Man builds full size 737 cockpit in his house, flights delayed indefinitely

Before you read any further, we think it's important to clear up that Microsoft employee Salvador Patuel - the man who built a full size 737 cockpit in his house - is a married man and comes across as absolutely normal(ish) in his interview with MSN's Channel 9.

So you can banish any images of you have of a sad loner in his underpants flying Microsoft Flight simulations into the sea in a desperate cry for help.

Nope, Patuel's cockpit is the result of a compromise between himself and his wife after she pleaded for an end to his real-life flying.

"I have a private pilot license, obtained 15 years ago, always loved flying and had the opportunity to fly on several different birds, from single piston to multi turbo-prop engines. I have flown several jet planes on real simulators and I try to fly at least once a month on the B737 simulator at British Airways," he explains.

"My wife does not like me flying, as she is quite afraid of flying. When we got married she asked me to fly less hours so I tried to negotiate a win-win situation, I said to her 'Ok, but can I develop my flight simulator in my studio?' She obviously answered yes, thinking that I was going to buy some kind of joystick and a bigger monitor."

It's still a work in progress - Patuel still wants to add another computer to manage the CDU - but has taken 3 years to get to this point. It's been operational for just a year though.

To power his setup requires a Intel dual-core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and an Nvidia GTX 570 graphic card. Everything you see is the real deal - even down to the cabin dimmer switches, which presumably turn the lights off in the kitchen.