Jimmy Buffett dies at 76
Hemisphere Dancer is Jimmy Buffet's personal seaplane. It was originally built in 1955 and called a "A Grumman HU-16 Albatross flying boat". Hemisphere Dancer's original use was a long-range search and rescue plane for the US Navy. Buffett purchased the aircraft in 1990 and restored it. This is the very plane that Buffett was flying during the incident recounted in the song "Jamaica Mistaica" on the album Banana Wind.
Buffett had recently set off on a tour of the Caribbean, Central, and South America, in celebration of his 50th birthday. Accompanying him were his wife, son, youngest daughter, and some hired pilots to lighten the workload. Despite numerous efforts at obtaining the requisite clearances and permissions, the Hemisphere Dancer was only allowed to make a water landing once during the month-long odyssey. This action is chronicled in Buffett's autobiographical travelogue A Pirate Looks at 50, which was an immediate #1 best seller on the New York Times best seller list.
During his tour, on January 16, 1996, Buffett's plane was shot at by Jamaican police. The "Hemisphere Dancer" was carrying Buffett, U2's Bono, his wife Ali, their children Jordan and Eve, and Island Records producer Chris Blackwell. Police suspected it was smuggling drugs. Fortunately, no one was hurt, although there were a few bullet holes in the plane
Wow RIP and now Bill Richardson Clinton's former UN ambassador gone @76. Good man, skilled peace/ hostage negotiator. Successful 2 term Gov.
In reply to FanAttick
So do you remember when di Jamaican police shot at his plane.
He wrote a song Jamaica Mistacia about it.
While in Jamaica on January 16, 1996, Buffett's plane was shot at by Jamaican police. The Hemisphere Dancer was carrying Buffett, U2's lead singer Bono, his wife Ali, their children Jordan and Eve, and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Police suspected it was smuggling drugs.
In reply to FanAttick
On my only visit to Montauk (Long Island) I was lucky enough to witness the arrival of Jimmy Buffett's yacht and his disembarkation to cheers from the adoring 'crowd'. I'm not in the least embarrassed to admit that I joined in.