Virgin Jet Honors Steve Jobs

"Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" scripted on the side

By Scott Budman
|  Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:01 AM PDT
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There are cool gestures, and then there's this:  Dedicating a jet plane to the memory of Steve Jobs.

According to MacRumors.com, Virgin America is dedicating one of its Airbus A320s to the former Apple CEO, even emblazoning one of Jobs' best-known sayings on the side.  "Stay hungry, stay foolish" will be on the plane itself, just below the pilot's cockpit window.

If there was an airline to do something like this for Jobs, it would be Virgin.  It's the only airline with its headquarters in Silicon Valley (based in Burlingame), and it also has a founder - Richard Branson - known to be a bit crazy, and think way outside the box.

Not long ago, Virgin struck up a deal with Google to put wifi inside its planes.  To commemorate the deal, Virgin had skywriting planes spell out "Virgin Loves Google" in the sky above the Bay Area. 

Next time you see a jet flying overhead, who knows?  It may be flying in honor of Steve Jobs.

The Stay Hungry quote comes from Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford University commencement speech as he talked about the final issue of The Whole Earth Catalog:

"On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Thank you all very much."

 

Scott loves this sort of thing.  He’s on Twitter:  @scottbudman

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