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For the man who has everything

Posted by ampontan on Monday, September 29, 2008

HURRY WHILE THE OFFER LASTS! The owner of Mao Zedong’s personal jet when he was the Emperor of China Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, a Zhuhai company involved with real estate and other operations, is offering the airplane for sale. The company bought it 10 years ago for its publicity value and placed it in a square near their building. Subsequent urban development in the area has put a premium on space, however, and more room is needed for the parking lot next to the square, so they’ve decided to maximize the value of their assets and unload it.

According to a Hong Kong newspaper, China acquired three British-built Tridents from Pakistan in 1969. They were divvied up between Mao, Deputy Party Chairman Lin Biao, and the party’s Central Military Commission. One was taken out of service rather abruptly when it crashed with Lin aboard en route to Mongolia. Lin was fleeing the country after an aborted assassination attempt on The Boss. The other two aircraft were put out to aviation pasture in 1986.

Judging from the picture, it looks as if it might work as a diner in southern California.

Either that, or the company could put it on E-bay!

One Response to “For the man who has everything”

  1. James A said

    It’ll probably fetch a better price than those automatic toilets that the city of Seattle auctioned off!

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