Virgin America Honors Steve Jobs and Names Plane After the Late Apple Co-Founder

The next time you take a trip with Virgin America, you may just get to fly on the Airbus A320 that’s been named in honor of Steve Jobs. The plane, number N845VA, is now emblazoned with the famous Jobs quote, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish,” on its side.

This phrase from Steve Jobs popped up in the commencement address that he gave to Stanford students in 2005, though it originally came from The Whole Earth Catalog in the 1970s.

Here’s the quote in context:

“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.”

An spokesperson for Virgin America told Apple news site MacRumors that the name, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish,” was chosen to honor Jobs as part of an internal plane naming competition.

Virgin America is the Silicon Valley-based airline that is owned by British tycoon and entrepreneur Richard Branson.

The plane, which was first deployed last fall, flies many of Virgin America’s most popular routes, coast to coast, from SFO to JFK.

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