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Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present  
User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7972 times:

I was wondering what individuals owned their own personal jetliner. By jetliner, I mean something DC9-size or larger. Besides heads of state (let's leave them out), the only people who can afford a personal jetliner are rich celebrities or businessmen. The only individuals I can think of:

Elvis Presley - Convair 880
John Travolta - Boeing 707
Donald Trump - didn't he have his own L1011 at one time?
Steve Ballmer - doesn't he have a personal BBJ?

Who else? Boeing has sold quite a few BBJs, are any of these bought for individual use rather than corporate?

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User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7913 times:

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has a suped-up 757-200 with DirecTV and all of the bells and whistles.

Bryan



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7902 times:
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Warren Buffet, he has some private jets, can't remember which ones.



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User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7891 times:

Most golfers here at A.net know Greg Norman had ordered a BBJ, but cancelled and opted for a G-V.

User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7879 times:

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks has a B-757 for the team.

Wayne Huzeinga (sp?) has his own BBJ, with a tail number of N737WH
and a Miami Dolphins helmet on the tail........




User currently offlineMia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7873 times:

I believe that the Winston Cup race car driver Mark Martin is an avid pilot and owns his own jet...maybe a Gulfstream-? but I am not sure exactly of the manufacturer or model...


MIA777
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7453 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7843 times:

The late Dale Earnhardt had a Lear 31 . N1DE . I think Frank Sinatra had a Boeing 720.


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User currently offlineLearpilot From United States of America, joined May 2001, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7833 times:

Kenny Rogers used to have a DC-9 (a -10, I think).

I also think The Donald currently has a 727 with winglets.



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7849 times:

Hugh Hefner of Playboy had a DC-9-30 for awhile.
Arnold Palmer has a Gulfstream jet.
Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman had a Learjet together.
Donald Trump had a 727-100 at one time.
Michael Dorn has a T-33 jet.
All I can think of at the moment. Regards.



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User currently offlineE1FAIL From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7829 times:

Jack Roush, who owns Mark Martin's team owns at least one 727. In fact Jack owns quite a few aircraft including a P-51. A high percentage of Winston Cup drivers are also pilots and have high powered aircraft, but none of them own anything larger than a Gulfstream.

User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7792 times:

Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman had a Learjet together.

that musta hurt



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6278 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7730 times:

How big of a list do you want? The L-1329 (jetStar) was a very popular celebrity aircraft.


Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3007 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7742 times:

Jack Roush, who owns Mark Martin's team owns at least one 727

Rousch actually has three of them and runs charters for racing teams. There was an article about it in USAtoday (i think) a while back. It was also posted here. Anyways, he has a fleet of 3. Lucky dog!



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User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7686 times:

I read Tom Cruise also has a P51 Mustang as well as Learjet.

User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7565 times:

If you read my original post, I stated airliners DC-9 size or larger. Kenny Rogers would count, but Tom and Nicole's Learjet wouldn't, see? I don't think the list would be very long at all.

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5008 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7527 times:

Umm, Howard Hughes had his own AIRLINE. And he was a celebrity before he bought TWA. Kinda makes the others look pathetic, don't you think?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

And Donald Tump owning a dozen or so beat up 727's and calling it Trump Shuttle hardly compares...



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7501 times:

Sinatra didn't have a Boeing 720. He had a 707-138, which was later bought by John Travolta. N707JT is that airframe.

T.J.



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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1963 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7471 times:

Ray Charles:

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Photo © John P. Stewart



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Malcolm Forbes:

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Photo © Mark Durbin



Adnan Khashogi:
DC-8-71 or -73
Couldn't find photo. I believe the Trumpmeister was going to acquire the bird but the deal fell through (?)



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7453 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7464 times:

Thanks,Spacepope.
Here's a shot of The Donald's Bermudan registered ex A^A 721.

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Photo © Sean J Madzelonka




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User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5368 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7411 times:

Paul Mellon, rich son of a Pittsburgh family, not only had his own 727, he had his own airstrip. You can see it from DCA/IAD flights a couple minutes west of IAD.


I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7376 times:
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Harrison Ford also has a few Cessna's and helicopters.



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User currently offlineAtenara From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7372 times:

Rupert Murdoch has a BBJ, and so does Warren Buffet.

User currently offlineLjungdahl From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 907 posts, RR: 36
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 7365 times:

Here are Adnan Khashoggi's "toy"

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Photo © Johan Ljungdahl


(pluggin' again...)

Johan (Ljungdahl)



User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7296 times:

Nice pic Johan, does Adnan still have this toy? The photo is from back in 1986. That is one lonnnnnnng personal jet! I wonder how it's configured.

I also want to express my jealousy of John Travolta and Elvis. I'd give my right arm to own a flyable Convair 880 or 707. On second thought...then I couldn't fly it.  Smile


User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7279 times:

Trump's 727-100 is still his. It is parked at LGA all the time. In fact, I don't think he uses it much- because it is always there when I go to LGA.



25 Ljungdahl : IslandHopper, If my memory serves correct, Adnan is "out of business", I think he were one of the worlds largest dealers in weapons, and I believe he
26 Salim : Rafic Hariri, Pm of lebanon ownes a 777, a 727 and an other biz jet...
27 DeltaRules : A high percentage of Winston Cup drivers are also pilots and have high powered aircraft In addition to Martin, Rusty Wallace & Bill Elliott are also p
28 Pilotallen : Arnold palmer now owns a Citation X N1AP or something liek that
29 HlywdCatft : Vince McMahon- WWE owner has a Canadair 600 Challenger Mike Illitch owner of Detroit Red Wings and Tigers has a DC-9-50 to fly his teams around Bruce
30 Ual767ord : John Travolta with his b707
31 Post contains links and images Res : I got an email that Wayne Newton owns this Fokker. I cant back that up 100% though. View Large View MediumPhoto © Tim Lachenmaier. Newton also ha
32 Speedbirdyvr : What about the Sultan of Brunei? Doesn't he have his own 744, 343-200, and a fleet of Airbus narrowbodies? I remember seeing on TV once he sent his 34
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