We're going to have to cancel our order for that Piper Jet we were raving about, because now it's been trumped by the $1.25 million Maverick Solo Jet, the world's fastest tin can in the air for mere mortals, zipping along at a 472-knot clip. For the rest of us, that's a speedy 543mph, or Mach .82 for the gearheads.
Social climbers will like its 8000 foot-per-minute climb rate, also faster than any other personal jet. Too bad it only holds five people, so with Captain Lam at the helm, only four of us other Gizmodo dweebs will be able to go along for the ride. But when something goes wrong, that optional full airplane parachute can bring us safely back to earth to blog another day.
Other personal jets we've known and loved:
This was our previous favorite, the six-passenger jet that is more expensive at $2.2 million but only does 414 mph. However, it has a longer cruising range of 1496 miles. Piper plans to deliver its first example of this jet in 2010.
We're already big fans of Hondas on the ground, and this little flying pocket rocket soars higher than the rest at 43,000 feet but still only does 450mph. But with that high altitude and lower speed comes 5% better fuel efficiency, plus you gotta love those wing-mounted engines, making it the roomiest personal jet in this roundup. This one won't be cheap, either, costing somewhere between $1.5 million and $4 million when it's delivered in 2010.
Eclipse Personal Jet
If you don't feel like waiting until 2010, this Eclipse Personal Jet is already in production, carrying six passengers at 408 mph with a range of 1495 miles on a tank of fuel. Its $1.295 million price tag is relatively cheap compared to the $90 million you'd spend for a Gulfstream V.
If we get tired of not being able to stretch out and perhaps enjoy a few games of tennis while flying to Asia, we can always customize a Boeing 767-200 as Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page did. Word has it they picked up a used 767 for under $15 million, about a third the price of a new Gulfstream 550 business jet. But then, that's before they customized it, which could make it far more expensive.
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