He owns 4 private jets! Gates is the owner of two Gulfstream G650ER private jets. He owns the N887WM and the N194WM. Both jets have the same color scheme. Both were built in 2018. They replaced 2 (relatively old) Bombardier BD-700’s.
He also owns 2 Bombardier Challenger 350 private jets through a Net Jets program. These are the N754QS and the N769QS. These jets also have the same color scheme.
N887WM and N194WM
His jets registration numbers are N887WM and N194WM. The WM probably stands for William and Melinda. They met in August 1987 (887) and were married in January 1994 (194). The N194WM is a brand new Gulfstream G650ER. The N887WM is also a G650ER. The aircraft are both registered to a company named MENTE LLC.
The Gulfstream G650 is a twin-engine business jet, produced by Gulfstream Aerospace. A Gulfstream G650 has a list price of US$ 70 million. It is considered to be the Rolls Royce under the business jets. It may be configured to carry from 11 to 18 passengers. Its range is 12,960 km, with a top speed of 982 km/h.
Through his membership of Netjets, he also partially owns two Bombardier aircraft. The N769QS and the N754QS.
Eurocopter EC 135
Gates also owns a Eurocopter EC 135 with registration N608WM. Which he uses to travel around Lake Washington.
Gates actually owns a floating heliport named Hale Manu. He uses it to land his heli. The helicopter has the same color scheme as the other planes.
Cessna 208 Seaplane
And finally, Gates owns a Cessna 208 Amphibian Caravan seaplane with registration N459WM. Again in the same colors as the other aircraft.
D700 Global Express
He used to own 2 Bombardier jets, but they were replaced by the 2 Gulfstreams.
The BD 700 Global Express is a class of ultra-long-range corporate jets. It competes against the Gulfstream V, Boeing 737 BBJ. and Airbus A319CJ.
It is designed to fly long distances at high speed. The Global Express’ range is such that it can fly nonstop between intercontinental destinations. Such as Sydney/Los Angeles, New York/Tokyo, and Taipei/Chicago.
What is the Top Speed?
His jet can reach a speed of 935km/h (505kt) or Mach 0.88. The jet has a list price of USD 45 million.