In light of today’s Daily mail online article on the private jets of the rich and famous, we have put together our own top 5 list of some of most interesting privately owned aircraft which can be seen over UK skies….
5) Lewis Hamilton’s Bombardier CL-600
Britain’s 2014 Formula One World Champion bought a Bombardier CL-600 in 2013, which is equipped with a pull-out bed, several plasma television screens, a fully stocked bar and a personalised registration number in his initials.
He even recorded a thank you message to fans from the inside of his jet after winning Sports Personality of the Year – as only a Formula One world champion can!
4) Miss Demeanour Hunter
Heritage Aviation’s Hawker Hunter has perhaps one of the most extravagant paint jobs. A regular aircraft over UK skies in the 1960s/ 70s the Miss Demeanour can be spotted at airshows up and down the country – showcasing its unique speed, agility and that famous blue note!
3) Roman Abramovich’s B767
The billionaire Chelsea owner’s Boeing 767-33A is often spotted at Luton or Stansted airport when its owner is in London – being regularly attended to by the Harrods maintenance facilities which exist at both airports!
The aircraft is fitted with similar anti-missile jamming technology as seen on Air Force One, and comes equipped with chestnut covered interior – decorated with gold.
2) Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B
The B-17G Sally B is the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe – and represents the history of the US Air Force in the UK, and the USAF presence and role over Germany in World War II. The aircraft is permanently based at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, on static display when not flying and can be viewed when visiting the museum.
1) Avro Vulcan
The world’s only airworthy Avro Vulcan Bomber is based at Doncaster Airport, and is privately owned by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust. It is maintained by volunteers and relies solely on by donations from both businesses and the public – named ‘The Spirit of Great Britain’ in recognition. The Cold War Icon is both expensive and complex to run, and perhaps only has a few years left to fly. However, it still makes the public stop and stare up and down the UK – including at this years Farnborough Airshow.