lexkid12300 From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 81 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6994 times:
My girlfriend asked me this tonight since she knows i'm really into aviation, and i thought i'd ask you guys what your thoughts were.
If you were given 10 million USD dollars, what plane (either new or used) would you buy to be your private jet? And the best part, you get FREE FUEL, free hanger space anywhere you want, and you get your own set of pilots on call 24/7. And, you get free maintenance for life.
My answer was simple, my favorite plane; the Boeing 727. Something like Trump had, maybe a little newer (his was a -100 from the late 60's).
ARFFdude From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 145 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6886 times:
For $10 million, you can either get an old, but giant jet, or something small, but new-ish. Since operating costs don't seem to matter, you may as well get some old 747 for like $2 million (provided you get free interior redesign as well).
For something made in my lifetime, you could pick up a fairly new Hawker 800 or something along those lines.
SamuP From Colombia, joined Jul 2010, 52 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6773 times:
I would definitely buy a 80's built 742. That would go for about 3 million.
Add 2 million to upgrade some navigation etc
And the other 5 million I'd use to rebuild the interior. No gold or anything lavish, but some Greta seats for a bunch of friends a nice bedroom for long haul flights!
And of course, save a little bit to get a 742 type rating ! I'd be flying the beauty myself.
sf260 From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 137 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6670 times:
I'd go for an F16, their new price was only $15m in the 90s, so I guess used ones will be available for less than $10m. Nothing so cool as having (and flying!) your own F16...
If US DoD doesn't allow me to have my own F16 (the biggest hurdle here), I'd go for a Sea Fury or a Corsair. As I don't need to travel a lot, it sure need to be something I can have fun with and sound great!
I think I'd go on retirement with the remaining $9m...
N49WA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6631 times:
A Boeing 720B if I could find one. Maybe the one stored at Malta. A million or so for the plane, a couple million more to make it airworthy and then the legal fees to get permission to paint it in Western's old Indian head livery. Also would want the interior in original passenger configuration, not the luxury corporate setup like a certain actors old Qantas 707-138.
srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17287 posts, RR: 51 Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6571 times:
Forget buying a private jet, I'd use that money to fund an account with Delta Private Jets so I could arrange whatever type of private jet my trip requires plus I would get instant Diamond Medallion status which is useful for those times in which taking a Delta flight is more logical than a private jet. $10 million can buy a lot of flights. Sticking with a single a/c type limits your flight options, as you would have to make a tech stop along the way to refuel if the jet you buy doesn't have the legs to do a transcontinental run. One of the reasons why folks have private jets is to save time because in the business world, time is money.
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25 aklrno: You might want to get in touch with the New Zealand Ministry of Defence right away. As recently as 6 months ago they were still trying to get rid of
26 UltimateDelta: Yeah...that's what I get for trying to type on a smartphone. Thanks for fixing.
27 JetBlue777: I agree with you on this one! If the OP didn't say it has to be less than $10M, then I'd definitely choose the 777-200LR. What a beautiful machine!
28 Tigerguy: Well, I'd have to be greedy and get more than one... $10 mil would easily cover a 727-200 and a 747-300 (or an early -400 if the correct price came al
29 PC12Fan: 10 mil huh? Well, I'm thinking along the lines of woodreau in post #4. I'd use 5 towards - and this may come as a shocker with my user name - a PC-12N
30 Mortyman: I would have loved an A340 /300/500 or 600, but I guess they don't come that cheap yet ...
31 aerorobnz: I want the DC8-62 that is currently for sale in VIP trim for around 6million euros
32 airtrainer: I'm not really into biz jets so wouldn't. I'd rather use that money to fly F for years
33 tsugambler: Does anyone know if I could get a DC-10 or MD-11 for that price? That would be my pick.
34 Braniff747SP: A Boeing 727. Get permission from the railroad to paint it into PA colors.... Full PA interior. No executive config for me...
35 Babybus: I couldn't bear the idea of my private aircraft sitting around all day unused. I'd probably just use the money to buy first class / business class sea
36 aerorobnz: There are DC10 freighters for that price, but MD11s still are around 20 million and above (also freighters of course)