Televangelist Ernest Angley reportedly cannot pay to fix grounded ministry jet

"...the jet will likely not be back in operation because it needs a part necessary for landing that would cost Grace Cathedral six-figures, which the ministry does not have. Pilots also refer to the Pinal Airpark as a 'boneyard' because many of the aircraft that are stored there are eventually used for parts and scrapped." - Christian Post

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Larry Nelson's picture

What church doesn't need a 747?  I know that my church couldn't get by without our 747..............oh, never mind.

Bert Perry's picture

I can get, sort of, a small private jet that can fly directly into smaller airports and eliminate waiting and layovers, but a 747?  Cost of that thing pays for a LOT of airfare, or for that matter, rental of somebody else's private jet.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Larry Nelson's picture

BJU owns a nice (small) turbo-prop aircraft.  It is based at the Greenville Downtown Airport, just minutes from the campus.  Seats 11.  I assume that they find it to be cost effective for their travel needs, and that they make good use of it:

2018

Tail Number: N29JS

Aircraft Type:
2001 - PIAGGIO P180, Serial #: 1046

Registered to:
BJU INC
1700 WADE HAMPTON BLVD

GREENVILLE SC 296141000

https://prijet.com/ownership/N29JS 

https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N29JS 

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But a 747?

dgszweda's picture

It probably cost the ministry $10M to $15M when they bought it.  Not sure what they were thinking?

Bert Perry's picture

It's the same reason some guys buy monster homes, other guys buy Italian supercars, and yet others buy giant Montana ranches and remove mountains to improve the view.  Prestige, "rubbing it in" that you're richer (and hence more spiritual), etc..  The official reason is that it moves (moved, since it's not in working order) humanitarian aid and missionaries from place to place, but even if that were the case, I'd guess it would be a lot cheaper to rent the right sized plane if that were necessary.  Or--writing from experience doing some international shipping--planning ahead and sending aid supplies in shipping containers for a fifth the price.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

mmartin's picture

Never heard of this guy.  Just Googled for him.

No matter how hard I try, those are pictures I just can't unsee.  Wow!  I've already regretted looking him up.

Aaron Blumer's picture

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He was kind of a big deal among Charismatic "televangelists" in the 80s and 90s... and probably further back.

pvawter's picture

mmartin wrote:

Never heard of this guy.  Just Googled for him.

No matter how hard I try, those are pictures I just can't unsee.  Wow!  I've already regretted looking him up.

That hairpiece, oh my!