In 1977, an expose in Esquire magazine outed Skull and Bones, the exclusive but secretive Yale University organization whose 15 new members each year often go on to very powerful positions within the government and commerce.
The 175 year old organization can boast of some very powerful members, George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr., Henry Luce, William F. Buckley, Averell Harriman, John Kerry, Linden Blue (Spectrum Aeronautical) and others well connected but with lesser know names.
In the article written long before Al Gore invented the internet, blogs and instant messaging, Ron Rosenbaum wrote:
"In an age in which it seems that all that could possibly be concealed about anything and anybody has been revealed, those blank tombstone walls could be holding the last secrets left in America."
Not so fast Ron, we got a new one, it's called Eclipse Aviation. And the neat thing is you don't have to attend those stuffy Yale classes or have a pedigree on your birth certificate or have to lay in a coffin naked and confess to your sexual proclivities.
All you need is somewhere between $1.5 and $2m to purchase one of their airplanes. And while there's no intimate secret handshakes, they may have you sign a couple of documents, like perhaps a Proprietary Rights and Non-Disclosure Agreement or an agreement not to disclose any information from the on-board Data Storage Unit (records performance data). From that day forward you are a bonafide member of the New Age Royal Order of I Just Got Screwed But Didn't Get Kissed and promise not to tell anybody about anything related to the little jet that can't..
A disturbing way of business from a company whose founder and CEO challenged the aviation industry provide transparency for all new products. He is the ultimate flip-flopper.
The real question is, what is being hidden?
For more reading on the Bones, click here.
For more interesting reading on Eclipse Aviation, stay tuned.