Rick Hendrick’s Jet

Rick Hendrick’s Gulfstream V Jet

Rick Hendrick's Gulfstream jet

The Gulfstream V is the Rolls Royce of private jets, and that’s the jet that Rick Hendrick owns.

In fact it’s powered by two Rolls Royce BR710 jet engines that produce 15,365 lb/ft of thrust each. That’s enough to propel this jet to a maximum speed of 0.850 Mach, or 85% of the speed of sound.

This Gulfstream jet is registered to Hendrick Motorsports at 4400 Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina.

It’s Gulfstream serial No. 558 according to FAA records.

The Gulfstream V is a large private jet that seats 14 to 19 passengers depending in the seating configuration used.

It’s flown by a crew of two, with accommodations for up to two flight attendants.

This jet is over 93 feet long – that’s about twice as long as Kevin Harvick’s Learjet.

The Gulfstream V is a long range jet.

The Gulfstream V is a true global jet that can fly 5,800 miles without refueling. That’s enough to fly from Daytona to California and most of the way back without refueling. In fact, this jet can easily fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo.

One disadvantage of the Gulfstream V is that it requires 5,150 feet of runway to take off. That means it cannot fly into many smaller airports like Tara Field which sits directly next to Atlanta Motor Speedway and is only 4,503 feet long.

The 6 ft. 2 in. cabin is over 50 ft. long with 4 separate seating areas and 3 temperature zones.

The cockpit of the Gulfstream V rivals a commercial airliner with advanced Honeywell Primus Epic avionics and 4 LCD displays.

The Gulfstream V is so advanced that it can fly itself. It’s equipped with an AEDS mode which takes control of the plane at high altitudes in the event the plane depressurizes. The AEDS takes control of the jet and turns the aircraft as it descends to 15,000 feet and slows to 250 knots. As the plane reaches lower altitudes crew would regain control of the airplane.

The airplane is equipped with a full galley for meal service and a luxurious lavatory.

The price for Gulfstream V jets on the market today range from $46 to $51 million.

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N1JM Learjet Jamie McMurray

Learjet 31A Corporate Jet: N1JM

N1JM is a 2000 Learjet 31A owned by Jamie McMurray.

It’s registered to his company JM 500 LLC in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The red tail and striping give this Learjet a unique look.

The Learjet 31A is one of the most popular planes in the NASCAR Air Force. Kevin Harvick has one, along with Denny Hamlin.

The manufacturer’s serial number on this aircraft is 196. It’s powered by a pair of Allied signal turbo-fan jet engines.

This jet seats 6 passengers in the cabin comfortably in a corporate configuration, although up to 8 can fly if you don’t mind being packed in like sardines.

A crew of 2 sits in the cockpit – but this jet can be flown by a single pilot, leaving room for one additional passenger in the co-pilot’s seat if needed.

The Learjet 31A has a cruise speed of 506 mph – and it can accelerate to a maximum speed of 529 mph. It can fly at altitudes of up to 51,000 feet – allowing the plane to avoid weather systems that might ground a King Air turbo-prop.

These jets usually sell for around $4 million on the used aircraft market, depending on the number of hours on the plane, and whether it needs any major service performed.

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Kevin and Delana Harvick’s Learjet 31

Kevin and Delana Harvick’s 1997 Learjet 31A rolls down the taxiway at Jackson County Airport in Michigan. Get all the details on this jet.

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Barack Obama’s Jet

Barack Obama Wants A Jet — Looks Like He Will Get One. Barack Obama finally gets his own private jet.

Barack Obama spent part of his Presidential campaign been flying around the country in charter jets and borrowed planes – including this Gulfstream jet owned by Atlanta pastor Eddie Long — while Obama was campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president. This photo is courtesy Bob Holland, and was taken as the plane was departing London’s Luton Airport.

Now Obama will have access to a custom Boeing 747 — definitely a nicer plane than the private Gulfstream IIB Obama has been crisscrossing the country in. Air Force One is not exactly a private jet – after all it’s owned by the United States government. This 747 may actually be the ultimate public jet.

When Barack Obama gets the new jet maybe the pilots will be a little more careful. It seems Obama was flying into Chicago’s Midway Airport on the way home from Nevada on a private Gulfstream II jet during the campaign when the pilot accidentally clipped the wing of a Cessna 208 while parking.

According to Elizabeth Cory with the Federal Aviation Administration, Obama’s Gulfstream collided with the right wing of an empty Cessna aircraft. “The FAA is investigating, the National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation,” said Ms. Cory. There were no injuries reported.

The Gulfstream landed around 2:30 AM and was taxiing to a general aviation parking area when the pilot drove the big corporate jet into the Cessna.

The Gulfstream carries the tail number N747NB, and according to the FAA the jet is registered to Long Charter Air, LLC – an Atlanta based firm.

Long Charter Air is located at 6400 Woodrow Rd, Lithonia, Georgia – That’s the same address as New Birth Missionary Baptist Church – a large church headed by Bishop Eddie L. Long with over 25,000 members.

This Gulfstream is a 40 year old jet built by Grumman. It’s powered by a pair of Rolls Royce SPEY MK 511SR turbo fan engines. This jet seats 14 people in a typical corporate seating configuration. If you want to buy a 1968 Gulfstream IIB expect top pay $3 to $4 million.

N100BL Learjet 31A

Learjet 31A Bobby Labonte

Bobby Labonte’s N100BL Learjet 31A

The Learjet 31A is an extremely versatile corporate jet that normally seats 6 passengers and one or two crew members.

The jet is pictured here sitting at Jackson County Airport in Michigan awaiting departure.

It’s a fast jet that cruises at 596 mph at an altitude of 45,000 feet. The 31A is rated up to 51,000 feet in the event of bad weather or heavy traffic patterns.

This 1996 Learjet 31A is owned by NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte. Here is the official registration info according to the FAA:


Bobby Labonte Enterprises

403 Interstate Drive

Archdale, North Carolina 27263

Serial No.:  126

Certificate Issue Date: 5/14/2002

Model S Code: 5002330

N100BL is powered by two Allied Signal TFE 731 2-B turbo-fan engines.

The Learjet 31A is a pretty popular jet in the NASCAR Air Force. Here are a few people who won one:

Denny Hamlin

Rusty Wallace

Kevin Harvick

Teresa Earnhardt has a Learjet 31.

A jet like this normally goes for $3 to $3.5 million on the used aircraft market.

Photo courtesy Woody Harrington.



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Cessna Citation III N119ES

Cessna Citation III jet

N119ES is Elliott Sadler’s Jet

It’s a 1990 Cessna Citation III Turbo-fan jet registered to Elliott Sadler Enterprises in Emporia, Virginia. The airplane is shown here preparing to depart Michigan’s Jackson County Airport following the NASCAR race.

This jet was once the executive jet for First Tennessee Bank before Sadler acquired it in February 2007 and pressed it into service as a commuter jet for weekly transportation to NASCAR events.

The Citation III is a small corporate jet that normally seats six passengers, plus a crew of two.

The Citation III has a cruise speed of 544 mph.

Its range is 2,345 miles before the jet needs to land and take on more Jet A fuel.

That means it get passengers quickly across country quickly. The plane can fly non-stop on all but the longest trans-continental and international flights.

The jet is powered by twin Garrett TFI 731 series jet engines.

Manufacturer’s serial number is 650-0206.

The Citation III can fly at a maximum ceiling of 51,000 feet – well above the commercial airline traffic lanes, and over most weather systems.

It can reach that altitude quickly. This jet climbs at a rate of 3,700 feet per minute.

Want to but a Citation III? This jet normally sells for $3 to $4 million on the open market, depending on the number of hours and cycles on the plane, and the cabin amenities.

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Michigan Helicopters

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Helicopters Ready To Go

A fleet of helicopters prepares to leave after spending the day ferrying NASCAR drivers between Michigan International Speedway and Jackson County Airport in Jackson, Michigan.

Some speedways like Atlanta, Talladega and Daytona have airports that are practically in the parking lot. Others, like Michigan, rely on helicopters to get drivers and team members from the speedway back to their private jets.

When the job is done the choppers are loaded onto trailers and head for their next assignment.

Photo courtesy Woody Harrington

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Jet For Sale on eBay

1965 Hawker DH 125-1A Jet

Hawker jet on eBay

I was on eBay Motors looking at the vintage stock cars when I came across this Hawker jet for sale. The seller has it listed with a Buy It Now price of $75,000 — but it needs a 48 month inspection performed before the FAA will issue an airworthiness certificate. That costs about $50,000.

It’s equipped with twin Viper 521 engines, and has new cabin seating and carpet. The plane was last flown 8 years ago. The eBay listing has 13 photos showing the interior and exterior..

It’s really not a bad price for this jet — just be prepared to invest the money to get it flying again.

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Cessna Citation III 650

Kasey Kahne’s N91KK Cessna Citation

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N91KK is seen here departing Jackson County Airport in Jackson Michigan, following the 3M Performance 400, and headed to Statesville, North Carolina.

Kasey Kahne flies in this 1991 Cessna Citation III 650. According to FAA records, the plane is owned by KK9 LLC, a North Carolina business entity headed by Kahne, located at 296 Cayuga Drive, Mooresville, North Carolina.

A Citation III is a mid-size jet that is big enough to be comfortable on long flights, yet small enough to fast and fuel efficient. Its size also allows Kasey to fly into smaller, more remote airfields than many larger jets are able to.

This aircraft can seat up to eleven passengers, plus a crew of two in high density configuration. However a typical corporate seating configuration would provide comfortable seating for six in a club setting with opposing seats.

It cruises at 544 mph, and has a range of up to 2,345 miles depending on weather conditions, altitude and payload.

N91KK is powered by a pair of Garrett TFE 731 SER turbofan jet engines which produce 3700 lbs. of thrust each. These engines are known for reliability, noise abatement and excellent fuel economy. The engines were originally produced by Garrett – now a division of Honeywell.

These high performance engines have allowed the Citation 650 to become an industry leader in aircraft performance. This jet excels both in cruise speed, efficiency, and rate of climb to cruising altitude.

It has a maximum operating ceiling of 51,000 feet, allowing Kahne and his pilot to fly over clouds and weather to get to their destination on time – which is important when you’re on a tight schedule or deadline.

A 1991 Cessna Citation III like this one typically sells for around $4 million, depending on the number of hours on the jet, its cabin amenities, and whether or not it is due any major service.

If you want to fly in a Citation III you can charter one at NetJets or Blue Sky Jets.

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 650-0193

Manufacturer: Cessna

Model: Citation III 650

MFR Year: 1991

Model S Code: 53112475

Registered Owner: KK9 LLC

Address: 296 Cayuga Drive

City / State: Mooresville, North Carolina

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Teresa Earnhardt’s Learjet 31

N1DE Learjet 31

Learjet 31 N1DE

Teresa Earnhardt’s Learjet 31 taxis at Daytona Beach International Airport.

It’s hard to go wrong when you choose a Learjet 31 as your private jet. Teresa Earnhardt flies in this 1990 Lear 31.

Like most executive jet owners she owns the jet through a separate corporation. This Learjet is registered to Champion Air, LLC, located at 1675 Coddle Creek Highway, Mooresville, NC – which also happens to be the address for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

This jet carries the FAA registration number N1DE on its tail. It’s like getting a vanity plate for your car – only from the FAA. The number 1 signifies the first car that Dale Earnhardt fielded as a NASCAR team owner – and D E for Dale Earnhardt.

It’s not the biggest plane on the NASCAR circuit, but this airplane is definitely quick and versatile.

This Learjet 31 is a fast jet capable of transporting up to 8 passengers plus crew at speeds up to 529 mph. However, it’s a cramped ride with 8 on board. Depending on the seating configuration 4 to 6 passengers would typically be the maximum for a comfortable flight.

With a high service ceiling of 51,000 feet the Learjet 31 can climb above most weather systems and avoid the high-traffic commercial jet zones.

This jet is popular with business executives and aircraft charter firms alike. You can charter a Learjet 31 from companies like NetJets, Sentient or Skyline Jets – or you can write a check for $2 to 3 million and own your own jet.

Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick also own Learjet 31′s.

Dale Earnhardt always preferred Learjets, and apparently that wasn’t lost on his son. Dale Jr owns a larger Lear 60. Could Teresa afford to upgrade to a 60? Most likely she could. But a bigger jet doesn’t always make more sense. Sure, you can haul more people, and have more room on a bigger jet. But the smaller Learjet 31 has shorter takeoff and landing requirements, making it suitable for smaller airports. It also flies on less fuel

With a small jet it makes it easier to say no to requests for extra passengers, too.

Photo courtesy Daniel Compton.

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