Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Monday, August 14, 2006

John Travolta's Boeing 707

Mr. Travolta has to put that sunshade in the window to stop the dash from cracking!

If you need proof that it is his plane, it's right there on the tail section of the Boeing 707. The call letters N707JT: JT standing for John Travolta.

You may know the actor John Travolta from such films as Face Off, Pulp Fiction, or possibly even that little-known cult hit Grease. Never heard of it? Sorry. Well, anyway, a few days ago Mr. John Travolta flew in to our small rural airport, where I used to work, waved to the small crowd, then hitched a limousine ride to Toronto where he is filming Hairspray. It's due out in 2007.

Anyhoo, not many can claim ownership of a quad-engined Boeing 707b (or any other 200ish passenger airliner for that matter) and actually know how to fly it.

He purchased the massive jetliner from those kickass Aussies at Qantas, and has kept the paint job the same. He, himself, pilots the plane to pretty much wherever he wants to go. I haven't read very much about his plane, or his skills, or his obsession, but I've heard that he has converted some of the interior into bedrooms and bathrooms. Wild!

John flew his bright red and white 707 from his home in Ocala, Florida a distance of about 1,200 miles, or 1,920 kilometres, using up many gallons of jet fuel. I could cover that same distance in my Insight with less than 20 gallons of 87 octane fuel, which is less than two tanks.

For me, two tanks of gas costs about $80, at $1 per litre. John would have spent a little bit more than that. Such is the cost of 2.5 hours versus 2.5 days of travel.

So I drove my Insight, the Cadillac of Hybrids, up to the airport that is seriously in the middle of the country and snapped a couple of pics of his unique mode of travel. Anyone catch my witty John Travolta movie reference quote?


The movie was Be Cool, which I never saw specifically because I didn't like Get Shorty. In fact, I didn't like it so much that I turned it off. Don't tell JT.

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Blogger Rowan said...

I am angry now!
I wish I'd know of this because everyone who knows me well, knows that I am inexplicably obsessed with all things Travolta!

I just find him to be the most handsome man alive....running a close second....Hugh Jackman. Probably why Swordfish is one of my favourite movies!

And you used to work there? I got word that I'd been hired there the same day I started working where I am currently. It didn't pay as well, so I politely declined...but small world!

12:14:00 PM

Blogger Chana said...

what a fantastic way to travel. i wonder if the no gel like substance and liquid restrictions apply for private jets?

thanks for the pic.

1:02:00 PM

Blogger Vengelyne said...

I like him in Face Off, Pulp Fiction, The Punisher and a few others.

Lol. I don't think he's anywhere as good looking as Hugh Jackman, btw.

I've seen Get Shorty and I fell asleep in that movie... but Be Cool isn't too bad. I only dozed off like less than 5 minutes... can't say the same for Get Shorty. Prolly 50 minutes?

Well JT does have a very pretty wife, imho.

1:39:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

So, Venge, what you're saying is that Be Cool, might be worth my time? I might just check it out then.

Rowan - you should take a drive up to the airport. Go into the far left entrance, where the Tim Horton's is. Turn left and head towards the Timmy's. His plane is parked right beside the fence there. If you're lucky, his plane might still be there.

2:50:00 PM

Blogger Aims said...

That's really rather cool! Not sure I'd like to own a plane myself, there's not much parking space round here!

3:21:00 PM

Blogger Princess Lo said...

wow I would love to have my own jet!!! Just be able to just take off and fly somewhere.

4:20:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

JT lives in a special community designed to allow for air travel. He has his own runway!

5:35:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

I first remember him from playing in Welcome Back Kotter! He was the leader of the sweat hogs!

anyway...cool shot.

6:17:00 PM

Blogger Vengelyne said...

Yes, it's worth a watch.

Oh yeah, I've seen pictures of JT's house and it's gorgeous... yes, it does have a runway in the compound... beautiful house...

10:11:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Welcome back.... your dreams were your ticket out.....

10:54:00 AM

Blogger patti_cake said...

I've always liked John from way back when (WB Kotter, Boy in Plastic Bubble) and how awesome is it that he can fly his own big jet? He even named his son Jett. Now THAT'S an obsession!

10:55:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Travolta? Wasn't he a sweat hog? Glad to see he got himself an education.

And stopped making those "Look Whose Talking" movies...

1:49:00 PM


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