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If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:02 am

Hey guys,

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).

What plane would you get?  
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:24 am

747SP. Landing fees will be killer.

BTW, it's "hangar"
 
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Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:57 am

For $10,000,000 you pretty much would be stuck with used. Perhaps a small Citation costs that little new.
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Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:31 am

I'd probably try to pick up a used Citation Sovereign or Falcon 50. Runway performance would be important.

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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:36 am

I'd get a King Air it's not a jet but it gets the job done.
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:09 am

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
If you were given 10 million USD dollars, what plane (either new or used) would you buy to be your private jet?

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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:15 am

For me, the TA-4 Skyhawk for sale right now at 2,950,000. I love the A-4  
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:29 am

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.
 
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Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:36 am

I'd pick up one of these:


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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:48 am

Wow, that's actually a tough question  

I think I'd go with a used Citation X (a new one's definitely out of the price range). It would sure make all our family trips easy- nothing like being able to cruise at Mach 0.94!


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Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:14 am

If it were mine, it'd be a Challenger 604. 4,000Miles and a huge cabin.


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I know someone will chime in, but the Citation X won't do .94M.
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:34 am

Quoting njxc500 (Reply 10):
I know someone will chime in, but the Citation X won't do .94M.

You are correct. It "only" does Mmo = 0.92
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Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:43 am

Quoting UltimateDelta (Reply 9):

Oh yeah, gotta have winglets

Wait, you can get a Citation X with winglets now? Never seem one equipped as such before. Learn something new every day I guess.
 
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Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:00 am

I wonder if $10 million would have stretched to one of these...

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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:09 am

Quoting lexkid12300 (Thread starter):
My answer was simple, my favorite plane; the Boeing 727.

Everything else is free, this is what I am taking too! Than get myself enough training and right seat time to get into the left seat 

If it was $10 million to buy and use it would be a TBM-850.
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:10 am

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.
 
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Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:59 am

Definitely either a Citation X or Gulfstream IV.
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:06 am

$10 million is only about 5% (if that) of what I'd need to by a 777-200LR. I guess I would invest that $10 million for several years first.
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:08 am

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...
 
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Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:37 pm

If the freebies extend to D-Check, conversion and recertification, then I'd try and see if there's still one of these which could be saved from the scrappers.....

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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:54 pm

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.
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:38 pm

Probably an old 747, with like the rear third full with seats at like 36 in pitch, for anyone who might want to fly with me, and the rest of it, including upperdeck, for me!
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:36 pm

If it would be possible for this money, I would buy a 762 and equip it with winglets (if possible) 
Nothing compares to taking off in an empty 757 with full thrust!
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:55 pm

Brand new PC-12, the pilots would have to find other jobs cause I'll be doing the flying... then I'd have another 5 million to spend while traveling.
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:49 pm

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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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:36 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 3):

For me, the TA-4 Skyhawk for sale right now at 2,950,000. I love the A-4  

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 17 A-4s. There were no buyers so they were going to give some to museums, but they may still have a few left. Maybe you could get one for less than a used Ferrari if you promised to just take it away.
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:50 pm

Quoting CitationJet (Reply 11):
You are correct. It "only" does Mmo = 0.92

Yeah...that's what I get for trying to type on a smartphone. Thanks for fixing.
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:21 am

Quoting SamuP (Reply 15):
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.

I agree with you on this one!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 17):
$10 million is only about 5% (if that) of what I'd need to by a 777-200LR. I guess I would invest that $10 million for several years first.

    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!
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:11 am

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 along). Then, if there's enough cash left over after spiffing up those two, I might go after a Dash 7 just to round things out.
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Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:39 pm

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-12NG. Just a great all around aircraft.

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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:39 pm

I would have loved an A340 /300/500 or 600, but I guess they don't come that cheap yet ...
 
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Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:05 am

I want the DC8-62 that is currently for sale in VIP trim for around 6million euros
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Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:37 pm

I'm not really into biz jets so wouldn't. I'd rather use that money to fly F for years 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:48 pm

Does anyone know if I could get a DC-10 or MD-11 for that price? That would be my pick.
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:44 pm

A Boeing 727. Get permission from the railroad to paint it into PA colors.... Full PA interior. No executive config for me...
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:15 pm

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 seats everywhere. Or do ad-hoc private jet charters.

I've never envied anyone with a private jet.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:09 pm

Quoting tsugambler (Reply 33):
Does anyone know if I could get a DC-10 or MD-11 for that price? That would be my pick.

There are DC10 freighters for that price, but MD11s still are around 20 million and above (also freighters of course)
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:41 pm

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 32):

Yeah, I would probably agree on that
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:06 am

I would get myself either a 747-100/200 or a 747SP. I would prefer the 747SP (it's smaller, but still a 747), but a Classic would be fine too!

I would have it painted in the Celtic-inspired livery (Smith Airways) shown in the photos, and the interior would include an Irish/English pub with a piano.




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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:28 am

Interesting answers.

Well, to be boring, I'd invest and later pursue projects that could sustain myself while advancing human consciousness.

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned any type of Gulfstream.
But, simple answer from the aviation POV, I'd get a relatively low-time GIII, and completely refurbish it, new interior, new avionics, and whatever internal things mechanics might find. I'd fly the most beautiful GIII. Initial acquisition would be about $2-3 million, so, there would be $7-8 million for the restoration, assuming taxes don't apply. You could even get a mid-90's GIV for around or just under $10 million.


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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:24 am

Quoting BlueJuice (Reply 1):
BTW, it's "hangar"

No, you get a free wardrobe for hanging your coat on somewhere on the plane 

I would probably start by emulating the Richard Branson's 1 quid offer on a Concorde (then use the free maintenance to get it going), and if that were to fail then I'd go for a 747SP.
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:36 am

Quoting ElpinDAB (Reply 39):
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned any type of Gulfstream.

Somebody did.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 16):
Definitely either a Citation X or Gulfstream IV.
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:28 am

I will spend it on a nice house, nice car and buy First Class tickets to fly all over the world. It'd be boring to fly the same plane over and over again. :P
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:32 am

Falcon 900. It flies at 42000 FT above most commercial traffic and turbulance so you have easy gliding anywhere you wan to go
 
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RE: If You Had $10million To Buy A Private Jet

Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:25 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 41):
Somebody did.

Oh, sorry I overlooked your post before posting. Very good choices though. I just chose the GIII because of the low acquisition costs, which would allow me the ability to refurb with $10 million. GIV prices are so close to $10 million that you would keep it how you bought it. I like the Citation X too. Challenger 300's are almost within this price range too, so I'd be looking there too. I like Mir's Falcon 50 suggestion...winglets and a new flight deck would be perfect for that plane. I'd get a C750 over the Sovereign though, although the Sovereign is great. Lust for a new aircraft would lead me to the Embraer Phenom 300...nice overall jet.

I'd probably still stay with my GIII refurb plan though...I'd have the best GIII flying for $10 million. It would all the airplane I could possibly ask for.

Edit: I'd only go with GIII under these conditions though...I'd love to fly around one of these, but paying mx and fuel costs would be a nightmare one my own money. There's a huge difference between an all expenses paid biz jet and a personal jet.

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