One detail that is often misplaced is that the high-ticket purchase price of a jet, while it makes for dramatic headlines, does not represent money down the spending drain, any more than the purchase price of a new building or other durable asset. Like buildings, tractors or manufacturing stamping machines, jets last decades and hold significant residual value when they are sold. Depending on the market conditions (which are highly unfavorable right now), a jet can sometimes be sold several years after its purchase for equal to, or even more than, the original purchase price. But 99 percent of the news-watching public views a jet purchase the same way they view buying a car. Within a limited number of years, the value of the vehicle has dwindled to near zero -- and they assume the same is true for a jet. In this way, however, business jets are much more like buildings or other industrial equipment than they are like a car.