JOHN Travolta has donated his personal vintage Boeing 707 plane to a restoration group in Australia.
The actor said in a statement that the plane will require maintenance before for the trip from his Florida home to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Albion Park, about 145km from Sydney.
The craft, which the society hopes to keep in the air, was originally in the Qantas fleet, delivered in 1964 and later converted to private use. The actor, a pilot, hopes to be on board when the plane makes it voyage to Australia. The timing of that is uncertain.
The qualified pilot and Qantas ambassador said he has fond memories of the plane and is pleased it will continue to fly “well into the future.”
The Grease star said in a statement: “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’.
“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.”