Jimmy Buffett Cheeseburger in Paradise

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As a part of the Jimmy Buffett's Cheeseburger in Paradise Tour '78… I portrayed myself as an incognito pilot. No…

Posted by Michael Lofton on Friday, June 14, 2013

1977/78 – I had flown a few other bands for other companies up to this time, but Jimmy Buffett was one of my first…

Posted by Michael Lofton on Monday, May 13, 2013

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As a part of the Jimmy Buffett’s Cheeseburger in Paradise Tour ’78… I portrayed myself as an incognito pilot. No problem, I’ll get you there safe and sound! – lol

Actually, our F-27 Cheeseburger (corporate) airplane was the largest whenever we pulled into the private (aircraft) parking slots… All the other corporate pilot jocks wore suits and ties (or pilot costumes, as I called them). Us, no way! We wore Jimmy Buffett ‘T-shirts’ – Ha! (the other pilots hated our freedom).

1977/78 – I had flown a few other bands for other companies up to this time, but Jimmy Buffett was one of my first clients (of many) that I personally flew for my own company. I subsequently handled all his personal aircraft flight arrangements, for 12 years hence this image of me as the Co-Captain of the ‘Cheeseburger’ plane, of which I personally operated and flew for Jimmy’s… Son of a Son of A Sailor and Cheeseburger in Paradise tours… (note: JB insert inside aircraft). I’m even mentioned on the liner notes on his “You had to be there!” double live album.

Funny story, when I first secured this Fairchild F-27 aircraft from Hubbard Broadcasting out of St. Paul, MN., I was wondering what to do with the big ‘HB’ on the side. Oh man, as ‘fait’ would have it a simple modification of the ‘H’ made into a ‘J’ and whalah!… JB = Jimmy Buffett. Good Times Indeed! (I’m digging around some more, for yet to be discovered images of t/his aircraft).

Shortly after the Jimmy Buffett Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour I flew in ’78/’79 in the Fairchild F-27 aircraft, I provided the next aircraft in line for Jimmy’s flights/tours… the Viscount in 1980. Similar aircraft that I flew on the Commodores and Lionel Ritchie (Brick House) tour a few years before. It’s very large 4-engine Rolls Royce turbo-prop aircraft that wasn’t that fast (maybe 260 kts) but could carry a lot of folks and was very roomy and a favorite amongst many touring acts in those days. This aircraft had 21 seats in living room style comfort.
(Jimmy in front of aircraft on the ramp in So. Cal.)

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Jimmy Buffett and the ‘acoustic’ when the Volcano Blew Tour!
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