Sunday, August 9, 2009

Jimmy Buffett's Grumman HU-16 Albatross

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, known for extolling an island-escapism lifestyle in his music and businesses, owns this former military Grumman HU-16 Albatross amphibian aircraft, which can be operated from water or land. Buffett named the aircraft "The Hemisphere Dancer." While carrying Buffett and U2's singer Bono in Jamaica in 1996, it was shot at by local police, who suspected it of carrying drugs. Nobody on board was hurt, but the plane received some bullet holes. Buffett memorialized the incident in a song he titled "Jamaica Mistaica."

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