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Travolta donates his famed 707 to Aussie museum

May 30, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Hollywood star John Travolta plans to fly his historic Boeing 707 aircraft from the US to Illawarra Regional Airport near Wollongong and donate it to the HARS Museum, which dedicates itself to restoring and displaying historic aircraft.

It’s not yet known when the aircraft will be restored to safe condition and flown from Wollongong, but Travolta, who personally flew the jet for many years and is a big fan of Qantas, plans to be aboard as part of the flight crew when it arrives.

A statement issued by Travolta reads:

As many of you will know, flying is a passion of mine and I am just so grateful to be fortunate enough to count many hours flying such a beautiful aircraft.

The aircraft was originally delivered to Qantas Airways in 1964 and was converted for private use after it finished its life with “The Flying Kangaroo”.

John Travolta’s Boeing 707

I was honoured to have the 707 repainted in the original Qantas colours when I became the ambassador for the airline, and it’s so fitting that many of the volunteers at HARS are retired Qantas employees.

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.

HARS have an impressive track record of restoring historical aircraft and I have personally flown in a Super Constellation that they restored to flying condition from almost nothing.

I am hoping to be part of the crew to fly the aircraft to Australia, supported by well-qualified and experienced pilots and engineers.

In making this announcement, I would like to mention the significant support given by the Bendigo Bank Oak Flats and Shellharbour Community Bank Branches who as a local organization, have been very supportive of HARS’ efforts in aircraft restoration. Thanks must also go to QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited Services for their significant support as well.

John Travolta

I am truly excited by this project and am just so pleased that this beautiful aircraft, for which I obviously have very fond memories, will continue to fly well into the future.

HARS is a not-for-profit organization and was formed in 1979 by a group of aviation enthusiasts interested in the preservation of Australian aviation history. It has built up an impressive collection of over both flying and static aircraft including a Lockheed Constellation and Douglas DC-3 and DC-4. 

It is without doubt the most impressive aircraft museum in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The plane was part of a delivery of 11 aircraft made to Qantas in 1964, the first jet aircraft in its fleet. The 707s replaced Lockheed Constellations on long-haul flights.

After Travolta’s Boeing 707 finished service with Qantas, it flew for an American airline. A syndicate that included another American show-biz celebrity, Frank Sinatra, then acquired the plane.

Written by Peter Needham

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