Most corporate aircraft have no identifying marks on them at all because the company doesn’t want competitors knowing where their executives are going.Â They even go so far as to haveÂ their N-number blocked from sites like FlightAware.
But not all companies are like that.Â KFC, for example,Â used to have a corporate airplane at SNA.Â I’m not sure if it was basedÂ here or just came intoÂ Orange CountyÂ frequently, but it always seemed to be on the field.Â ThisÂ thing was a beauty,Â aÂ Challenger 604 painted in red and white striping.
Unfortunately, the clean lines wereÂ marredÂ by a giant Colonel Sanders logo on the tail.Â Also, the 604 fuselageÂ has a wide diameter, but it’s not very long.Â So between the paint scheme and the logo on the tail, the airplane was essentially a giant KFC chicken bucket turned on its side.
One day, just for kicks, I walked up the airstair door, knocked on the side of the plane, and with the straightest possible face asked the pilot if I could get anÂ bucket ofÂ Cajun chicken “to go”.
He got a kick out of that, laughing heartily for aboutÂ 5 seconds before pointing at the airstair and telling me to get the hell off his airplane.Â I descended toward the tarmac while uttering my parting shot:Â “They warned me that the Colonel made a mean bird…”