Today, November 18, 2015, Mickey Mouse is 87 years old. We are always looking for great examples of aviation strengthening businesses, and there is arguably no better example than the Grumman Gulfstream 1 that the one and only Walt Disney purchased in 1964.
The G1, later known as “The Mouse,” quickly became the most utilized executive aircraft in the world, thanks to almost continuous use shuttling an estimated 83,000 passengers during its service.
Other than Walt himself, the Gulfstream carried former presidents Ronald Regan, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. An assortment of other famous faces also used the plane, along with Disney animators heading out on goodwill tours.
For many years, The Mouse carried tail number N234MM. The proper form for air traffic controllers, “two three four metro metro,” quickly turned to “two three four Mickey Mouse” or just “Mickey Mouse.”
While this might have been a well- known Gulfstream, it’s actually the plane’s first years in Disney service that are most interesting. The tail had no mouse on it…instead, one orange stripe, and a generic tail number with no MM included. It looked like any other plane because Walt used it to secretly identify and survey land in Florida, for what would become his second theme park. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Disney World in Orlando?
Confidentiality was important then just like it is today for a lot of companies.
Previously the G1 took Walt and company from California to New York for Disney’s contribution to the 1964 World’s …