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Jason California
06-19-2008, 02:48 PM
I dont really think to much of the paint job, but love his custom costume. :D


Tron Guy Takes Flight in Custom-Designed Aircraft

By Jenna Wortham http://blog.wired.com/images/icon_email.gif (jenna_wortham@wired.com)June 19, 2008 | 1:00:23 PMCategories: Celebrity (http://blog.wired.com/underwire/celebrity/index.html), Design (http://blog.wired.com/underwire/design/index.html), Meme (http://blog.wired.com/underwire/meme/index.html), Travel (http://blog.wired.com/underwire/travel/index.html)


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Jay Maynard, better known as Tron Guy, bought a $140,000 aircraft custom designed to match his hand-painted, green-and-blue unitard.
Maynard (pictured above) had a two-seater, light-sport aircraft built to his specifications -- which included a custom graphics and a paint job designed to match his signature electroluminescent bodysuit.
"I wanted a design that would leave no doubt in anyone's mind that it was Tron Guy's airplane," Maynard said in a phone interview Thursday.

So far, Maynard said, he's extremely happy with how the aircraft turned out, even though the manufacturing company wasn't able to rig the exterior to glow neon blue -- like his helmet and gloves. It's a decision he can live with: "I wanted [the plane] to be tasteful and not too out there," he said.
Though a light cycle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3ODe9mqoDE) -- the futuristic vehicles used in Tron -- might seem more appropriate, the 47-year-old Minnesota resident said he's had his eye on purchasing an airplane for nearly 20 years, since he first obtained his pilot's license.


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Maynard picks up the keys for his custom craft before taking it on a test spin.
Maynard designed the exterior of the two-seater carrier (http://jmaynard.livejournal.com/330843.html) himself, and sent the manufacturing company samples of the paint he uses on his costume to get the color scheme exactly right. "The green color on the plane is a direct match for the color on the costume," Maynard said.

Overall, the tricked-out aircraft ran Maynard roughly $140,000, a bill he footed with his earnings as a computer consultant. Maynard maintains that outside of a few television cameos, he's only ever made a few hundred bucks off his costumed appearances.
http://blog.wired.com/underwire/images/2008/06/19/picture_3.png (http://blog.wired.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/06/19/picture_3.png)The instrument panel of Maynard's AMD-Zodiac cost him roughly $35,000.
Maynard first shot to internet fame in April 2004, when tech blog Slashdot linked to a photo gallery (http://slashdot.org/articles/04/04/18/1515201.shtml) of Maynard modeling his skintight spandex costume at science-fiction and open source software convention Penguicon (http://www.penguicon.org/).
Maynard, whose most recent full-bodied appearance included the internet culture conference ROFLCon (http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/06/blog.wired.com/underwire/roflcon/index.html), can't wait to show off his new ride. "I'm still in training, so I have to stay close to home," he said. "But if I can, I absolutely will."

Glixy
06-19-2008, 02:52 PM
He looks just like the dude from Office Space!

After the jump to conclusions mat fell through, this is what he must have used his settlement for!

Kingsumo
06-19-2008, 02:53 PM
Uhm. Does he even know how to fly?

And how surreal is the eventual article going to be about tron guy crashing his plane.

stevapalooza
06-19-2008, 02:58 PM
This must not fall into the hands of Gencorps!

FredC
06-19-2008, 03:00 PM
This must not fall into the hands of Gencorps!

Tronguy, I wanna know if you're one of my team players...

stevapalooza
06-19-2008, 03:07 PM
hehe

FredC
06-19-2008, 03:23 PM
I like to imagine he just never takes the thing off.

It's just who he is.

Jason California
06-19-2008, 03:25 PM
I like to imagine he just never takes the thing off.

It's just who he is.

That's what I have been doing too:). I see him going to board meeting like that with a hohum brief case.

Glixy
06-19-2008, 03:26 PM
That's what I have been doing too:). I see him going to board meeting like that with a hohum brief case.

He should consider a girdle/corset, whatever its called..

FredC
06-19-2008, 03:28 PM
That's what I have been doing too:). I see him going to board meeting like that with a hohum brief case.

:lol:

Or with like a hat and coat over his suit!

He shows up, hangs them up, and heads for his cubicle.

Marc Lombardi
06-19-2008, 03:29 PM
He needs to lose weight to wear that outfit.

He NEEDS to lose weight to wear that outfit.

He NEEDS to lose weight to wear that outfit.

Glixy
06-19-2008, 03:30 PM
He needs to lose weight to wear that outfit.

He NEEDS to lose weight to wear that outfit.

He NEEDS to lose weight to wear that outfit.

Why doesn't Tron guy eat breakfast?

FredC
06-19-2008, 03:33 PM
Why doesn't Tron guy eat breakfast?

What have we always said was the most important thing?

nealbo400
06-19-2008, 03:34 PM
What have we always said was the most important thing?

blowjays?

Glixy
06-19-2008, 03:34 PM
What have we always said was the most important thing?

Oh. I thought you were talking about food.


Fred - Look at the Why doesn't Cathy eat breakfast thread for something funny

FredC
06-19-2008, 03:42 PM
Oh. I thought you were talking about food.


Fred - Look at the Why doesn't Cathy eat breakfast thread for something funny

I'd seen it before the thread, actually... heh. :)

A Rifftrax version though. Which I found funny, if abrupt.

EDIT: Aaaaaand, you'd already made the same joke I had.

Marc Lombardi
06-19-2008, 03:42 PM
Why doesn't Tron guy eat breakfast?
The question is, why doesn't he STOP?

glk
06-19-2008, 03:46 PM
He needs to lose weight to wear that outfit.

He NEEDS to lose weight to wear that outfit.

He NEEDS to lose weight to wear that outfit.

He wouldn't be Tron Guy if he were thin.

Jason California
06-19-2008, 03:48 PM
I should have figured that of all the threads I started in the last hour this would be the one that takes off.

FredC
06-19-2008, 03:55 PM
I should have figured that of all the threads I started in the last hour this would be the one that takes off.

I had no idea this guy was as "famous" as he is.

Seriously, he's was on Jimmy Kimmel.

In a way though, putting someone on television sort of reminds me of sideshow freaks. I mean, they're just brought on to be laughed at. It's a little sick, in a way.

Rafiennes
06-20-2008, 04:36 AM
Is Brian Dennehy his flight instructor?