TRA­VOLTA DONATES PLANE TO MU­SEUM

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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.

PHOTO: GREG WOOD/AFP

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