Hollywood star John Travolta will donate his vintage Boeing 707 plane, which Frank Sinatra owned before him, to a restoration group in Australia. Travolta, a pilot for Qantas, said it gave him 'great pleasure' to donate the craft.
Iconic Jet in Qantas livery will be prepped for a long flight with Travolta at the controls. He said that B707 will require maintenance before for the trip from his Florida home. He was unsure when it would be ready to make the flight.
The actor announced the significant donation to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in a statement on Sunday. “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 brand ambassador since 2002, said in a statement. John Travolta's Boeing 707
The craft was originally in the Qantas fleet, delivered in 1964 and replaced the Lockheed Constellations on long distance flights. After Travolta's Boeing 707 finished with Qantas, it flew for an American airline. Also, it included another show business celebrity, Frank Sinatra.
"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," said the president and founder of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS). John Travolta's Boeing 707
Travolta said he has fond memories of the plane and is pleased it will continue to fly into the future. The Society plans to keep the craft in the air, as well as display it in their permanent museum collection. It has 40 planes at Illawarra Regional Airport.
“Flying is a passion of mine. I am just so grateful to be fortunate enough to count many hours flying such a beautiful aircraft,” Travolta said. John Travolta's Boeing 707 John Travolta's Boeing 707