Tra­volta’s plane goes into a mu­seum

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HOL­LY­WOOD star John Tra­volta has do­nated his beloved Boe­ing 707 plane 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 jet was ac­quired by the Satur­day Night Fever heart­throb and qual­i­fied pi­lot when Aus­tralia’s na­tional car­rier re­tired it more than 30 years later.

“It gives me great plea­sure to make this ex­cit­ing his­tor­i­cal an­nounce­ment 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 United States to their base 145km 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,” Tra­volta said.

“I am hop­ing to be part of the crew to fly the air­craft to Aus­tralia.”

HARS Pres­i­dent Bob De La Hunty said the idea was first floated when he met Tra­volta in 2009 and the pair flew a Qan­tas 1955 Su­per Con­stel­la­tion air­craft along Aus­tralia's east coast.

“We share a mu­tual re­spect for old air­planes and fly­ing and at that stage we were keen to sug­gest to him that if he ever wanted to part with his Boe­ing 707 we would be very in­ter­ested in it,” ex­plained DeLaHunty.

“When we heard ear­lier this year that he was look­ing at pos­si­bly not con­tin­u­ing with his Boe­ing 707, we made con­tact. He jumped at the idea and so we've been in de­tailed dis­cus­sions and ne­go­ti­a­tions since.”

Boe­ing 707s dom­i­nated pas­sen­ger air­craft in the 1960s, help­ing usher in an era of long-range travel which had pre­vi­ously been dom­i­nated by rail and sea. – AFP Re­laxnews

Tra­volta, stand­ing in front of his Boe­ing 707. — AFP

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