Harrison Ford hasn’t been private about his love for aviation. In fact, the Indiana Jones star even opened up to the about his passion in 2010, musing, “Flying is like good music: it elevates the spirit and it’s an exhilarating freedom. It’s not a thrill thing or an adrenaline rush; it’s engaging in a process that takes focus and commitment.”
Ford began flying when he was 52 and has since amassed a nice little fleet. “I have a Citation Sovereign, a long-range jet; a Grand Caravan, a turboprop aircraft capable of operating on unimproved strips; and a De Havilland, a bush plane,” Ford rattled off to the Daily Mail, adding, “I have a 1929 Waco Taperwing open-top biplane; a 1942 PT-22 open-top monoplane trainer; an Aviat Husky, a two-seat fabric-covered bush plane; and a Bell 407 helicopter.” Not too shabby, huh?
It looks like, for Ford, flying his private jets is really one of his greatest joys. “One of the things I like best about flying, I guess, is that when I’m up here, I’m Beaver November 280,” explained Ford in the documentary, . “I’m another pilot, another airplane. Not a movie actor.”
If that’s not all, the Pulp Fiction star has also accommodated his life to suit his obsession. According to , “Travolta has the highest pilot medical certification possible and he is qualified to fly several different types of single and multi-engine aircraft.” As the outlet continues to note, Travolta’s passion has led him to live in Jumbolair, “an exclusive housing development in north of Ocala, Florida that lets you park your aircraft right outside your home – or in Travolta’s case, a Boeing 707 and a Gulfstream.”
There’s no denying Miley Cyrus’ lasting legacy in pop culture. As a 2019 piece on the star explains, her “aired when she was 13.” By 26, she’s “been a public figure — a teen idol, then pop star, then pariah, and on and on, to whatever she is now — for more than half of her life.” Nevertheless, with all her fame, the songstress still tries to maintain a sense of normalcy about her.
It’s not all fun and games for Cyrus onboard planes, however. According to , in 2019, Cyrus’ plane, which also sat her mother, Tish Cyrus, and sister, Brandi Cyrus, nearly crashed twice on the way to the Glastonbury music festival in England. Although it’s uncertain whether or not this plane was Cyrus’ personal jet or if she chartered it, it’s a harrowing experience, regardless.
While some celebs boast about their questionable “self-made” fortunes (ahem, Kylie Jenner), Oprah Winfrey truly built her own empire. “Winfrey is a self-made billionaire … with lavish homes tucked behind gates and, yes, her own studio,” wrote in 2019. “She has a TV network, too, along with an eponymous magazine and a megadeal with Apple.”
So, for a celeb who has it all, what’s Winfrey’s biggest luxury? “I would say having your own airplane is the greatest luxury,” the talk show host mused to British editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, adding, “because it means one minute you’re in New York, and then you say … I think I’ll fly to London.”
As it turns out, Winfrey needed some convincing before she bought her first G4 for a whopping $25 million. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the celeb recalled a time she chartered a plane and ran into Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby. “Mrs. Cosby is on the plane with a pair of overalls and diamond stud earrings and she’s on her way somewhere to work on her doctorate and I said, ‘Where is everybody?’ And she said, ‘There’s only me.’ I said, ‘You’re going to use this whole plane?’ And she said, ‘I’m worth it.’ Just like that. And I went, ‘Well, if she’s worth it, maybe I’m worth it.'” Now that’s the sort of thinking we can get behind.