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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008 edited
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    First Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google bought themselves a Boeing 767 - a plane so big it can't be parked at private airfields so they had to hire space from NASA.

    The 767 normally seats around 200 - meaning a single cross-country jaunt in their private vehicle will probably mean Brin and Page have produced more carbon dioxide than the average African or Asian does in their entire life.

    Not to be outdone Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, the money man for the Saudi royal family has just placed an order for an Airbus A380 - which normally seats 800,

    So is this how the billionaires of the twenty-first century will differentiate themselves from the mere multi-millionaires?

    what's next - will Bill Gates buy the surviving Concordes and bring them back into service? Will Richard Branson get Burt Rutan to build him his own private suborbital?
    • CommentAuthorCaBil
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008
     (537.2)
    Actually, the story I heard about the Google plane is that bought one that was mothballed after the post-9/11 airline slump and did a refurb. So in the end it didn't cost much more than the latest Gulfstream or corporate jet, but a lot roomier. Still ungodly amount of money by, you know, mortal standards, but not completely crazy.

    For the Airbus, yeah, pure madness. Unless he is going to lease it to Saudi airlines when he is not using it...
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      CommentAuthorAlexis
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2008
     (537.3)
    A truly disgusting trend. The carbon footprint of the upkeep of those jets is probably more than most villages in Africa.
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    I am under the impression that google team uses their airliners - which are modified to be more green in fact - instead of commercial flights for employee group needs.
    • CommentAuthorprof_k
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
     (537.5)
    Google also lends the jet to NASA from time to time, in exchange for being able to keep it at Moffett instead out in San Jose.
    • CommentAuthorxinit
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
     (537.6)
    There's John Travolta's Scientological Home, with its anti-Xenu field...

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      CommentAuthorpomfelo
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008 edited
     (537.7)
    For the love of Xenu, let that photo be photoshopped.

    My prediction for the future is since they're buying space from NASA anyway, billionaires will seek to purchase and refurbish decommissioned space shuttles. There is someone out there just itching to own the Enterprise.
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2008
     (537.8)
    billionaires will seek to purchase and refurbish decommissioned space shuttles.

    though this would be a fun idea, it would be way too expensive. The shuttles also don't have the best track record, I think by the time billionares buy space, they'll have already fronted the venture capital to get there as they've already done with Virgin Galactic and the like.
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      CommentAuthorpomfelo
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
     (537.9)
    @Sarpedon

    You're right. 100% impractical. I just really want a space shuttle in my garage when I become a billionaire.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
     (537.10)
    There are a few Burans in private hands around the world. I seem to recall one is a restaurant in Australia now.
    • CommentAuthorCaBil
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
     (537.11)
    Enterprise is the property of the Smithsonian Air and Space, and I suspect it would take one major endowment to wrest it out of their hands.
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    Bah! Private jetliners? What kind of pennypincher goes in for those?

    The truly rich own private submarines.

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