John Travolta has joined the group of pilots qualified to fly on Boeing 737 aircraft. The actor and experienced plane pilot himself with more than 5,000 hours of flight, released the information on his profile on Instagram.
“It is a very proud moment in my aviation history. To add my 747 and 707 licenses, I just received my 737 license,” announced the 68-year-old actor, who is also well known for his passion for aviation.
The actor appears in the video below alongside the Boeing 737-300 registration N788LS, which was manufactured in 1988, converted into a VIP aircraft in 2007 and acquired by Travolta’s Constellation Productions in February this year.
In addition to having licenses to fly the Boeing 707, 737 and 747 models, Travolta is also qualified to fly Gulsfstream, Bombardier Challenger and Learjet jets, Dassault Falcon, Beechcraft Hawker, Cessna Citation, and classic military aircraft such as the de Havilland Vampire and Canadair CL-41 Tutor, among others.
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Passion for aviation
A private pilot since the age of 22, John Travolta has owned a number of aircraft, from business jets to classic commercial and military planes retired from service.
The actor currently owns at least five planes, the most famous of which is the Boeing 707 “Jett Clipper Ella”, which in the past operated in the fleet of Australian airline Qantas Airways. The star’s collection also includes two Gulfstream jets, a Challenger 601 and an Eclipse Aviation EA500. Some of John Travolta’s planes are parked at his own mansion in the Jumbolair “airport condo” in Florida.
In 2017, Travolta announced the donation of his ex-Qantas 707 (a plane that was also owned by Frank Sinatra and billionaire Kirk Kirkorian) to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society of Australia, which plans to expose the model to the public.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic delayed maintenance and restoration plans for the aircraft, which would have been stored at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, Georgia, ever since.