National Jets Corporate History

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A History 65 Years in the Making

The Boy family, (three brothers - Carl, James, and Thomas) established the company in 1947 in Durham, North Carolina. The start came from a family owned service station that grew into an aviation corporation.

In 1960 the company was reincorporated in Florida and moved to Ft. Lauderdale's International Airport where they specialized in leasing and operating large transport aircraft. The corporation operated DC3, 4, 6, and 7's, Super Constellations, and Convair aircraft, flying oil drilling equipment throughout South and Central America. The company also flew fresh produce & refrigerated goods to islands throughout the Caribbean for a major grocery store chain. Later the group flew over 20 aircraft throughout the US distributing the Wall Street Journal.

In the early 1970's the organization purchased its first Learjet and became one of the first flight schools for fighter pilots coming out of the Vietnam War. These officers were transitioning to become corporate pilots for the growing executive & private jet aviation industry. Soon after, National began executive and private jet charter flights throughout North, South, Central America and the Caribbean.

In 1976 the organization expanded into Air Ambulance medevacs throughout the region flying for Children's Hospitals and major Cruise Lines, becoming a leader in that industry. National Jets continued to thrive, added the finest in long range Learjets to the charter fleet, and is one of the most well known and respected Learjet operators in the U.S. today. The surviving brother, Thomas E. Boy, is still Chairman Of The Board and Director of the corporation. Today the company and subsidiaries are still privately owned by the same family, employing 108 staff members.

National Jets Subsidiaries


A part 135 executive class air charter operator, it owns, maintains and operates a fleet of long range Learjet 45XRs. The core of the business is the transport of executives and private individuals throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America.


Provides, 24-hrs a day, emergency jet charter utilizing Learjets equipped with ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). Doctors, nurses, or other specialized medical care providers staff all flights as needed. These flights, over 500 per year, are throughout North and Latin America and the Caribbean. The company was the first Air Ambulance operator to be licensed in the State of Florida (in 1976) and flies for private individuals, major insurance and travel assistance companies, cruise lines, hospitals and transplant centers, and the armed forces.


This fixed base operation (FBO) and private air terminal is a facility with 22,000 sq. ft. of hangar space and ramp parking for private and military aircraft. Crew rest facilities, conference room, flight dispatch and on-line weather services (WSI) are available 24-hrs. There is an on-site fuel farm (the Center has been a major Phillips 66 vendor for over 20 years), and a Part 145 certified aircraft maintenance and avionics repair station (JKIR235M). Aircraft serviced include Learjets, Gulfstreams, Citations, Falcons, Sabers, Astra, and even Boeing BBJ's.


Assists with the procurement of private jet aircraft while providing flight crews, flight control, dispatching services and all arrangements anywhere in the world. These aircraft can also be offered, under National Jets Part 135 certificate, as revenue generating charters, thus offsetting operational costs for the owners. National manages aircraft types from Learjets and Gulfstreams up to Boeing BBJ.


Development, leasing and management of developed and non-developed land on the north side of Ft. Lauderdale's International Airport. The Carolina Group is the leaseholder for 40 acres and in turn sub leases land, ramp, hangar, warehouse and office space to other companies. A current major leaseholder is Fed-Ex's Southeastern sort facility and aircraft parking ramp.