Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen buys MiG-29 Russian fighter jet
March 22, 2011
For the super rich, the world is one big playground and they have the playthings to prove it. While others are busy buying luxury yachts, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has bought a Russian fighter jet for himself. According to HeraldNet, Allen's Vulcan Warbirds Inc. purchased a restored Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jet earlier this month. The jet is currently on display at Allen's Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Liz Davidson, manager of the collection, said that as soon as the weather gets fine, the jet will be flown to an undisclosed location. When asked if Allen will be entering the cockpit any soon, he further said…
I know there's some interest," Davidson said. "He hasn't said he's ready for his flight.
Entrepreneur and aviation enthusiast John Sessions said…
I think it's fair to say the purchaser is Vulcan Warbirds and behind all that is Paul Allen. They've been interested in a MiG-29 for a long time.
Billionaire Paul Allen, who ranked 57th on this year’s Forbes rich list with a net worth of $13 billion, already owns a range of pricy assets, which include Portland Trail Blazers basketball team, yachts, submarine and vintage airplanes.