Elvis Presley’s Private Jet: A Failed Attempt to Fly Again
The intrigue surrounding Elvis Presley’s possessions continues to captivate fans around the world. Recently, a group of individuals bought the King of Rock n Roll’s private jet at an auction for a whopping $234,000. Their intention? To restore the aircraft to its former glory and see it take to the skies once again. However, their dream quickly faded as they discovered the immense challenges standing in their way.
For the past 40 years, the 1962 Lockheed 1329 JetStar had been abandoned in New Mexico. The passage of time had taken its toll on the aircraft, leaving it in a state of disrepair. Determined to bring it back to life, James Web from Jimmy’s World managed to power up the jet after its long slumber, documenting the moment on YouTube. But this was just the beginning of their arduous journey.
Recognizing that their DIY efforts would only take them so far, the enthusiasts enlisted the help of professionals to inspect the old JetStar and assess the necessary repairs. Ryan from ADS was tasked with evaluating the extent of the damage. His verdict was grim – he had never seen an aircraft in such a dire state. Expressing doubts about the functioning of the electrical systems, Ryan believed it would be a miracle for the plane to start up again.
As Jimmy absorbed the news, he was handed a breakdown of the estimated costs required to restore the aircraft. The figures were staggering, totaling approximately $5.7 million. This estimate included expenses for plane inspection, non-destruction tests, stripping the paint, fixing corrosion, flight controls, landing gear, brakes, fuel tanks, rewiring electronics, and more. The sheer enormity of the financial burden, coupled with the scarcity of necessary components such as engines, rendered the project almost impossible to realize.
Even if the funds were miraculously raised, Ryan revealed another hurdle – the plane would not meet government noise regulations. It was simply too loud to start up and run. Despite the existence of noise-reducing technologies, none were available for this particular aircraft model.
In light of these insurmountable obstacles, Jimmy reluctantly accepted that his dream of flying Elvis’s private jet again was shattered. With a heavy heart, he contemplated what to do with the plane. His ultimate plan was to transform it into Elvis’s private RV, a new purpose that would allow the iconic aircraft to be cherished in a different way.
While it is disappointing to realize that Elvis Presley’s private jet will never soar through the skies again, the imaginative possibilities of repurposing this piece of music history are intriguing. Jimmy’s World will undoubtedly continue to captivate fans as they embark on the next phase of their journey with the King’s former plane.