Larry Flynt’s private jet lands in Tampa Bay — on Facebook Marketplace
What’s black and gold and sitting in a shed near Plant City on a pile of tires?
The private jet that once belonged to “Hustler” founder Larry Flynt. And it can be yours – in part, at least.
Aero Salvage Design operator Ozzie Saez listed the 2006 Gulfstream G-IV on Facebook Marketplace earlier this month for just $18,000. The sticker’s original price would have been around $35 million, he said.
Of course, this particular jet is missing its Rolls Royce engines, wings, landing gear, windshield and custom interiors.
The gold label reading “Hustler” on the outside is intact, one of the last trademarks of the pornographer and free-speech advocate who was portrayed by Oscar-nominated Woody Harrelson in “The People Vs. Larry Flynt, he died last year.
Saez, who collects decommissioned planes from airlines and private owners, said a 16-year-old jet might still be flight-ready, but sometimes used jets are worth more for parts.
The regular operation and maintenance of a private jet can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. The inspections and renovations needed every several years can cost a lot more, Saez said, and sometimes it just isn’t worth it.
Fortune estimated Flynt’s net worth at the time of his death in 2021 at $500 million.
“With this one,” Saez said, “the engines alone were worth more than the whole plane with the engines attached.”
Normally, Saez cuts what’s left after the sale of usable parts and builds custom furniture that’s popular with the aviation crowd. He left that jet more intact, until now, because of the Flynt novelty.
What remains of the fuselage will soon be cut in half. Saez has sold the first 26 feet, including the cockpit, to a buyer who plans to create a kind of “mobile presentation”. The remaining 64 feet are still up for grabs.
“It would make a great little home or VIP lounge,” Saez said. “Especially with all the strip clubs around here.”
Saez has seen an increase in people wanting to use old planes as living space in recent years. He sold fuselages to an Airbnb operator who wanted the hull for guests, and to a guy who turned one into his pool house.
“It’s all aluminum or titanium, so it’s more durable than anything you could build from conventional materials,” he said. “Do the math, and the cost is justifiable.” The G-IV is large enough for an adult to stand inside.
Saez said he doesn’t know what led Flynt’s plane to land in the junkyard.
Flynt owned several jets during his life. A 1998 article published by Jet Editor said he owned four at that time, but noted that, “to the surprise of many, Flynt’s planes are not…party planes”. A Flynt employee reportedly said, “The only women we take on board are company executives, Larry’s fiancée, Liz Berrios, and wives of company staff.
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The article also noted that the jet was filled with copies of Hustler which were distributed to control tower staff who were delighted to see the publisher’s plane land at their airport.
Flynt said he flew privately, in part because of his condition. A famous defendant in a libel suit brought by Jerry Falwell in the Supreme Court, Flynt used a wheelchair after he was shot outside the Gwinnett County Courthouse in March 1978.
If he can’t sell what’s left of Flynt’s jet for around $15,000, Saez plans to carve it up for other uses. If he makes furniture, he’ll attach a plaque to each piece saying it’s from Flynt’s plane and sell it on his website, aerosalvagedesign.com.