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Thanks, Oprah, for plane talk

Oprah Winfrey, who already has been credited with rescuing the publishing industry with her book club, recently put in a welcome good word for general aviation. During her speech at Duke University's commencement, she said this: "It is really fantastic to have your own jet, and anybody who says it isn't is lying to you. That jet thing is really good," she said, adding that "you really haven't completed the circle of success unless you can help somebody move forward. . . . Move to higher ground. That's the real goal."

Oprah's jet reportedly is a $42 million custom Global Express XRS built by Bombardier Aerospace, according to the Wall Street Journal, where a blogger suggested the industry "forget all the boring arguments about jobs and productivity and efficiency and run a picture of Oprah with one simple line: 'It's Great to Have a Private Jet.'"

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