TRAVOLTA DONATES PLANE TO MUSEUM
Hollywood actor John Travolta (above) has donated his “beloved” Boeing 707 aircraft to an Australian aviation museum and is aiming to be part of the crew to deliver the vintage aircraft. Made for Qantas Airways in 1964, the Pulp Fiction star and qualified pilot acquired the jet when Australia’s national carrier retired it more than 30 years later.
“It gives me great pleasure... that my beloved Boeing 707 aircraft has been donated to the Historical Aircraft Restoration society (HARS),” Travolta, a Qantas ambassador since 2002, said in a statement. Australian aircraft preservation organisation HARS will help restore the plane so it can make the journey from the US to their base 145 kilometres from Sydney.
A date for the flight is not yet fixed but the actor, a long-time aviation buff, said he plans to be on it. “The aircraft currently requires a lot of work to be restored to a safe flying state and having seen first hand the dedication and passion of people at HARS, I have no doubt this beautiful and historical aircraft will be flying again, I am hoping to be part of the crew to fly the aircraft to Australia.”
The Boeing 707 was a popular passenger aircraft in the 1960s, helping usher in commercial air travel in an era dominated by rail and sea.