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User currently offlineAM From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 589 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 29049 times:
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Hi,

I've been searching for information regarding Disney's private jet fleet (if any) for company execs/VIP flights, but haven't found anything so far. I was wondering if someone could help me out with this. Do they have their own fleet? Do they charter from someone else?

In either case, I guess those jets should be based out of Burbank (KBUR)...

Thanks so much in advance!
Bernie


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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 29044 times:

I'd be sure they have to have some here in the Orlando area, as well.


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User currently offlineCitation501SP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 28840 times:

And Some for the ABC Execs in NYC, and ESPN in CT... Disney is a company that like to keep things on the hush hush from my experience.

After Spending several years servicing Corporate aviation, There are many different philosophies when it comes to aircraft. Some outright own, others lease, others use fractional programs, and still others have a subsidiary that owns and operates the aircraft. Unlike the Airlines most corporations don't emblazon the tail with the company logo. Since most companies like to remain anonymous, Finding how many aircraft a company owns, type, and tail numbers can be difficult one at best.


However if you know what to look for, the signs are everywhere.


501sp



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User currently offlineDacman From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 444 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 28790 times:
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I hear they have a real Mickey Mouse fleet.......................hehehehehehe, I just had to say it.

Michael
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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 28751 times:

Years ago, they did have a Gulfstream I. I believe it is now at Disneyland in California. I think Mickey Mouse was painted on the tail.

I guess they would be able to use the three log-jets from Alaska for their corporate fleet.  Smile


User currently offlineSunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2045 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 28502 times:



Quoting JayDavis (Reply 4):
Years ago, they did have a Gulfstream I. I believe it is now at Disneyland in California. I think Mickey Mouse was painted on the tail.

It is sitting at the Hollywood Studios @ Walt Disney World. It is behind the Lights, Motor, Action show. I see it 5 days a week while at work. I have a photo of it but can't down load it.



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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2438 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 28432 times:



Quoting Sunking737 (Reply 5):
It is sitting at the Hollywood Studios @ Walt Disney World.


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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 28388 times:

That aircraft at MGM (Or the "Disney Hollywood Studios", as its called now) is not easy to get a photograph of.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25325 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 28331 times:



Quoting Dacman (Reply 3):
I hear they have a real Mickey Mouse fleet.......................hehehehehehe, I just had to say it.

Like a few other airlines.  Smile


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User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 28172 times:

Well here is a link to a Challenger I got parked here at BNA about a year ago that is owned by WDW Aviation out of Jacksonville, FL. It is believed to be either owned, or partially owned, by Disney.

http://www.pbase.com/lexyky/image/79308918

Hope this helps.



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 28148 times:



Quoting Citation501SP (Reply 2):
Unlike the Airlines most corporations don't emblazon the tail with the company logo

You mean like Nike.......??? Big grin



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User currently offlineScrumpy492003 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 28127 times:

I seem to remember a Disney Gulfstream in CYYC a few years ago, and the registration was

N _ _ _ MM

I can't remember the numbers!!
A long time ago.

Peter



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User currently offlinePeteg913 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 27924 times:



Quoting Scrumpy492003 (Reply 11):
I seem to remember a Disney Gulfstream in CYYC a few years ago, and the registration was

N _ _ _ MM

I can't remember the numbers!!
A long time ago.

Peter

Probably the Gulfstream that was posted above, N234MM.


User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4837 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 27865 times:

Quoting Citation501SP (Reply 2):
Unlike the Airlines most corporations don't emblazon the tail with the company logo.

Here was one company who unabashedly displayed theirs on the tail.....


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"Bugs Bunny" or "Peter Rabbit"?

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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 27752 times:

Don't you wish you could hear a plane talk? I bet the Playboy DC-9 has some SERIOUS stories to tell. IIRC, the actual aircraft was operated by the Aviation Department at Purdue University.

User currently offlineScrumpy492003 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 27659 times:

No, I thought that it was a jet, maybe G4 or 5, with no Disney name on it, it was parked at Executive Flight Centre at the time (Petro Canada outlet) now Esso Avitat.

Peter



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User currently offlineDehavalandb From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 27588 times:

My God, who in their right mind would paint any aircraft jet black (pun intended). I've seen dark grey before, but never black. 1. It is a terrible color to try to keep clean. 2. How HOT do you think it gets in that thing, during the summer months (again, pun intended)? It does stand out of the crowd though. I suppose that is the intention. Or, maybe the HOTTIES getting on and of it would draw your attention from the aircraft.


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User currently offlineEyes2thesky From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 27567 times:



Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 13):
Quoting Citation501SP (Reply 2):
Unlike the Airlines most corporations don't emblazon the tail with the company logo.

Here was one company who unabashedly displayed theirs on the tail.....

Here's another. Not the company logo per se, but it still identifies the company  Smile


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I saw this in person on the ramp back in '92 or '93. One of my all time favorites.


User currently offlineScrumpy492003 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 27158 times:

Seems to me it was something like N1MM

Peter
(But I couldn't find anything similar in the registration part of this site, BUT I'm not that familiar with it!!)



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User currently offline787seattle From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 26957 times:



Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 13):
Here was one company who unabashedly displayed theirs on the tail.....


"Bugs Bunny" or "Peter Rabbit"?

I sure wonder how many people loved to see those planes flying in! Big grin

bet they got a big crowd.



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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 26887 times:

I don't believe that Challenger shown above is Disney.

It's been awhile, but I believe they have either a Global (or something of that size). Can't remember the tail # for the life of me.

After a quick brain fart, it's N100ES, and N300ES GLEX.

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[Edited 2008-03-01 22:26:58]

User currently offlineLearjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 25180 times:

Back in 1969 I was a young ramper in Charleston S.C. at the hawthorne FBO several bizjets that came in with logo's on the tail were Coca Cola, Bicardi, Mack Trucks, and IMOP the coolest of all time, James Brown! his even had flames, his name on the tail, and his hit records on the side of the door! Good Gawd!

User currently offlineLearjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 25056 times:

Also, at Disneyland, when you tour the mock up of the office of Walt, there used to be on display on his desk, a small model of his biz plane. I can't remember what it was, just that it was very prominent. ON the same deal, Ray Kroc (McDonalds) and Del Webb, both said the best money making tool they had was the aircraft they used to scout out the best posible new locations in clean, young family communities (Ray Kroc) and Del Webb said his ability to find flat dry plats of open land he could turn into masterplanned retirement communities could only have been done with his loadstar. I know this because his former right hand man, R. H. Johnson is my uncle, and together they started out with a dream to become pro baseball players, and ended up hodding cement in Phoenix while waiting for the spring training to start, then started getting bigger and bigger contruction jobs. Sun City was spotted from a rented mail plane, the grand opening was filmed from his Loadstar.

User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4001 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 23526 times:
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The Disney aviation company is Earth Star. Like many companies, it leases several planes from Wells Fargo (with the added benefit you need internal knowledge to know exactly what planes they operate).

They do own a few on their own, namely N-100ES as above, but also N-600ES (Bombardier Challenger) and N-501MM (Hawker HS125).

Quoting Dazed767 (Reply 20):
After a quick brain fart, it's N100ES, and N300ES GLEX.

N-300ES is now registered N-309ES with Wells Fargo.

Quoting Scrumpy492003 (Reply 18):
Seems to me it was something like N1MM

N-1MM has been a Cessna 550 (CItation II) since 2000, and not a Disney plane.

Older Disney planes were registered N-xxxMM. Newer ones are registered N-xxxES. Doesn't mean every N-xxxES plane out there flies for Mickey, of course.

[Edited 2008-03-02 08:54:15]


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User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2293 posts, RR: 38
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 21680 times:



Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 25):
N-300ES is now registered N-309ES with Wells Fargo.

Thats the financier. You will note that about 30% of the US buisness fleet belongs to "Wells Fargo" or "Citi Financial" etc. (Many times out of Delaware for tax purposes).

ATCT



"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
25 Post contains links SCXmechanic : http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinqu...tion=5&cmndfind.x=16&cmndfind.y=17
26 Jetstar : I remember seeing this Playboy DC-9 at Butler Aviation in LaGuardia a few times, it was bought new from Douglas, not an ex airline airplane. And yes
27 Post contains links and images Tjwgrr : As does this one: View Large View MediumPhoto © Michael Carter
28 BlueFlyer : Actually, I believe this specific plane was the subject of a sale-and-lease-back agreement between Earth Star and Wells Fargo, hence its transfer to
29 Jetstar : Many corporation lease their airplanes instead of buying them outright for tax purposes, Wells Fargo is one of the larger corporate aircraft leasing c
30 AM : Thanks so much to everyone for your input! Cool pair of Global Express!
31 N1120A : They have their own fleet, but a large number of Disney executives still travel by air carrier, in first. Remember that ABC has been based in Los Ang
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