founder of Wal-Mart Stores, bought his first corporate aircraft in 1957
— a 1948 Ercoupe. He flew the plane himself seeking sites for Wal-Mart
stores and now has 28 aircraft — 21 are located at Bentonville, AR,
the Wal-Mart headquarters. Only two were bought new. 19 are Learjets.
Each business day they start to depart about 6 A.M. and about 3 P.M.
they start returning, usually with a full load of eight passengers.
Learjet passengers get coffee, water and Sam’s Cola. No snacks, meals,
or gum. The 77 Wal-Mart pilots fly about 55 hours monthly, fly one weekend
monthly, overnight 4 times monthly, but otherwise are home for dinner.
They know a year in advance what their days off will be.