Friendly Skies

At $3 million, the ultimate in billionaire protection

Near the top of the list of almost every billionaire's must-have list is a Gulfstream jet. The sleek, top-of-the line Gulfstream V can zip eight passengers from New York City to Tokyo at 87% of the speed of sound in a cabin that looks more like a Manhattan pied-a-terre than an airplane. At this time of year, airports in Aspen, Colo., Miami and Maui are so jammed with Gulfstreams and other jets that you'd have to call in advance to find room to park yours. The most luxe of these planes come crammed with the toys that keep billionaires happy: showers,...

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