A woman says she has been in a five year relationship with the love of her life – a Boeing 737-800 plane.
Michele Köbke, 30, from Berlin, Germany considers herself in a relationship with the passenger jet who she calls “darling”.
She says she’s been in love with the aircraft since she flew on one in 2014 and admits their relationship is very much physical.
“The 737-800 is very attractive and sexy to me,” she said. “He’s the most beautifully built, and he’s a very attractive and elegant aircraft.”
Her pet name for the 737-800 is “Schatz”, which translates into “Darling”.
But unlike regular relationships, Michele is unable to spend quality time with her “boyfriend”, adding: “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 says she has found different ways to get close to her lover – with a model version she sleeps with in bed.
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.”
Pictures of Michele with her “boyfriend” show her kissing the 737-800 and cuddling with components such as doors and panels.
Michele’s affection for the aeroplane is known as mechanophilia – when sexual or romantic attraction is focused on a machine.
But Michele says doesn’t see her relationship with the Boeing as any different to relationships between 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 said she first realised she had a weakness for aeroplanes when she took her first flight in November 2013.
Then 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 May 1, 2019, I enjoyed every millisecond with him,” she recalled.
“My cheeks hurt from smiling, I’m the happiest woman in the world – when I’m with him I have everything I need.”
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 says.
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.”