Virgin America Airline Names Airplane After Steve Jobs

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
By OP Editor

Airplane gets named with phrase made famous by Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs Airplane Virgin America Airbus A320

A Virgin America Airbus A320 is now named “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” Macrumors:

“the name was chosen as part of an internal plane naming competition. The plane, with tail number N845VA, first flew last fall.”

The phrase, was popularized by Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. Excerpt from the speech:

“When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Virgin America’s owner, Richard Branson is known to experiment with new technology, creating one of the first iPad magazines. It is one of the airlines to drop Flash and adopt HTML5 on its website.

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