IslandHopper
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Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 7:49 am

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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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 8:55 am

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

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Thu Mar 20, 2003 9:12 am

Warren Buffet, he has some private jets, can't remember which ones.
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 9:22 am

Most golfers here at A.net know Greg Norman had ordered a BBJ, but cancelled and opted for a G-V.
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Thu Mar 20, 2003 9:31 am

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
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 9:31 am

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...
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 10:09 am

The late Dale Earnhardt had a Lear 31 . N1DE . I think Frank Sinatra had a Boeing 720.
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 10:11 am

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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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 10:16 am

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.
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 10:26 am

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.
 
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Thu Mar 20, 2003 11:48 am

Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman had a Learjet together.

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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 1:48 pm

How big of a list do you want? The L-1329 (jetStar) was a very popular celebrity aircraft.
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Thu Mar 20, 2003 1:53 pm

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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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Thu Mar 20, 2003 4:46 pm

I read Tom Cruise also has a P51 Mustang as well as Learjet.
 
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Fri Mar 21, 2003 7:02 am

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.
 
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Fri Mar 21, 2003 9:46 am

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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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Fri Mar 21, 2003 9:53 am

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

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Fri Mar 21, 2003 11:35 am

Ray Charles:

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Fri Mar 21, 2003 11:37 am

Thanks,Spacepope.
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Fri Mar 21, 2003 4:18 pm

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.
 
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Fri Mar 21, 2003 7:43 pm

Harrison Ford also has a few Cessna's and helicopters.
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Prese

Fri Mar 21, 2003 7:56 pm

Rupert Murdoch has a BBJ, and so does Warren Buffet.
 
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Fri Mar 21, 2003 8:10 pm

Here are Adnan Khashoggi's "toy"

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Sat Mar 22, 2003 2:58 am

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
 
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Sat Mar 22, 2003 3:30 am

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.

 
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Sat Mar 22, 2003 3:51 am

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 had some legal problems with the USA in the late 80's.

I also remember that his company, Triad Corp., had similar-painted 727-100 (N111EK), 727-200 (N111AK) and a DC-9, (VR-CKO).

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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Sat Mar 22, 2003 6:22 am

Rafic Hariri, Pm of lebanon ownes a 777, a 727 and an other biz jet...
 
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Sat Mar 22, 2003 6:33 am

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 pilots.

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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Sat Mar 22, 2003 9:43 am

Arnold palmer now owns a Citation X N1AP or something liek that
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Sat Mar 22, 2003 11:19 am

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 Dickenson singer of Iron Maiden has his own jet (besides the aircraft he pilots for a British charter company) to fly the band around.
 
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Sat Mar 22, 2003 11:31 am

John Travolta with his b707
 
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Sat Mar 22, 2003 12:22 pm

I got an email that Wayne Newton owns this Fokker. I cant back that up 100% though.
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RE: Celebrities That Own Jetliners, Past And Present

Sun Mar 23, 2003 12:19 pm

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 342 to LAX to pick up Michael Jackson for the free concert he threw for his birthday or something.....