March 6, 2021

Australia awaits the luxurious plane donated by John Travolta

The Boeing 707 aircraft that the actor John Travolta donated to an Australian aeronautics museum and which belonged to the Qantas airline half a century ago, will be able to return to the oceanic country after obtaining the pertinent permits.

Travolta, who will be part of the last flight of the device, acquired in 1998 the ship, manufactured in 1963, after it passed through another airline and several owners, among them, the singer Frank Sinatra.

About two years ago, the Hollywood star announced the donation of the aircraft, which was luxuriously remodeled with rooms and rooms to transport 25 people, to the Historical Society of Aircraft Restoration (HARS), located in the town from Albion Park, about 113 kilometers south of Sydney.

There is still "no date" for the trip although it is expected before the end of the year, said Efe John Dennis, ex-flight captain of Qantas and representative of the museum.

"It is very likely that our crew will fly the ship (from the United States), except for the last stretch of Albion Park, and John will definitely be on the plane" for the landing, says Dennis.

The ex-captain commented that the interpreter of "Grease" and "Pulp Fiction" is "very excited to come and be part of Albion Park" for the big event, which "we hope it will be sometime during the year".

The pilot recalled that it is an old plane and as such "needs a high maintenance", so "it will not be able to fly until all the work is completed".

The ship, now dubbed "707 Jett Clipper Ella" in honor of the sons of Travolta, Jett and Ella, while Clipper alludes to the airline Pan Am, covered for Qantas routes between Sydney and several destinations in Asia and America in the the sixties, before being transferred to another company and then transferred to private hands.

Dennis met Travolta, who is a qualified pilot and ambassador for Qantas, during a tour with the Australian airline called "The spirit of friendship" in which the actor's Boeing participated.

"It was basically eight weeks of tour flying the ship around the world," said Dennis, who recalls as a great "moment in life" the weeks he spent aboard the aircraft.

The arrival of the "707 Jett Clipper Ella" will add to the aircraft collections of the HARS, which mainly has "Southern Cross II" (replica of the Fokker F.VIIb / 3m trimotor), as well as Super Constellatio, Boeing 747-438, and other ships, that still plow through the air.

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