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John Travolta's 747  
User currently offlineRJ777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1857 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 99217 times:

Yes, you heard right, 747. Apparently my instructor in Intro to Aviation class said John Travolta owns a 747 alongside the 707. Can anybody confirm? Pics?
RJ

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User currently offlineCaboclo From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 99173 times:

Not that I know of. He did complete Qantas' 747-400 pilot training, though.


Freight dogs have more fun
User currently offlineAAFLT1871 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2333 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 99149 times:

Not to my knowledge, Didn't Kelly Preston buy him a Zeppelin or something crazy for his birthday last year? There was talk on here they wished he would buy a 747SP but as far as I know that was just talk on here. He is rated on the 747, maybe that is what your instructor was thinking of.


Where did everybody go?
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 99100 times:

John Travolta owns two airplanes, a B-707-138, and a Gulfstream G-V. He parks both at his home in Florida. The last picture of the house, B-707, and G-V I saw left no additional ramp space to park another large airplane. Unless he builds more ramp space, he cannot park a B-747SP, or any other large airplane at his house.

User currently offlineIB787 From Spain, joined Jun 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 98979 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 3):
He parks both at his home in Florida. The last picture of the house, B-707, and G-V I saw left no additional ramp space to park another large airplane. Unless he builds more ramp space, he cannot park a B-747SP, or any other large airplane at his house.

Do you mean that Travolta has a runway next to his house??? or that his house is located near an airport?


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 98963 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 3):
John Travolta owns two airplanes, a B-707-138, and a Gulfstream G-V.

He owns a G-IIB... not a G-V.

Quoting RJ777 (Thread starter):
Apparently my instructor in Intro to Aviation class said John Travolta owns a 747

He is wrong.... the biggest airplane John owns is his 707.

Quoting AAFLT1871 (Reply 2):
Didn't Kelly Preston buy him a Zeppelin or something crazy for his birthday last year?

No, that was just internet scuttle but. She never did.



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 98905 times:

Quoting IB787 (Reply 4):
Do you mean that Travolta has a runway next to his house??? or that his house is located near an airport?

He lives in Ocala, FL, and has a house right at the end of a private runway. It's one of those fly-in estates ...there are other houses there also. He has a fly-in every few weeks/months, so rent yourself a C172 and have a look!

Jimbo



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User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 98837 times:

Quoting IB787 (Reply 4):
Do you mean that Travolta has a runway next to his house??? or that his house is located near an airport?

Here it is!
http://flatrock.org.nz/topics/flying/assets/travoltas_house.jpg


User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 98787 times:

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 6):
Jimbo

Jimbo, Meet Jumbolair!

http://www.jumbolair.com



(edited for duplicate pic)

[Edited 2005-09-13 02:14:05]


"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 98758 times:

Quoting IB787 (Reply 4):
Do you mean that Travolta has a runway next to his house??? or that his house is located near an airport?

Yes, indeed. How cool is that?
The development is called Jumbolair Aviation Estates. It's located 6 mile from Ocala Fl, and has it's own private 7550 x 210 ft runway. There are taxiways throughout the development in which a home owner can taxi right to their front door. (see picture above)

Learn more here: http://www.jumbolair.com/

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 98619 times:

John was in the process of buying himself a 747SP but the deal fell through not sure why but he wanted an ex Qantas SP before the retired them.
Cheers



On a wing and a prayer
User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 98142 times:

Looks like a nice place. How nice it must be to have money....

User currently offline717-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 98089 times:

I can hear the conversation inside the Travolta home, " Honey, i'm taking
the 707 today!" "You'll have to make due with the Gulfstream."  biggrin 



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User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 98018 times:

As we do here on this site, ask your instructor for his source of information. Then ask, "Have YOU actually seen this plane?" If so, where & when?

I am betting his source will be something like "His brother-in-laws-teenage son's best freind's girlfreind's father's boss's son who knows everything there is about flying and thinks he's an armchair airline CEO."

 banghead 


User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2713 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 97976 times:

The website says the runway is 7,550'. Is that long enough for any variant of the 747? What is the largest plane that could land there?

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21534 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 97947 times:

His 707 is ex-Qantas and painted in the Qantas 60s livery. That may be why he wanted the QF 747SP.

You sure the instructor wasn't thinking of Arnold Governator? He owns a 747, but not for private use. He is only the lease holder and it is a business venture.



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 97864 times:

It's not so much the length of the runway as it is the thickness of it. That runway looks like an asphalt surface, a 747 would just sink right into it.
Back in the late 60's, early 70's a TI DC-9 did an RON at ELD. It had a asphalt ramp. In the morning when the crew arrived, they were greeted with the sight of their DC-9 sunk up to the axles in the asphalt. They tried and tried to drive it out, but it was stuck in there good. They had to lift it out to free it!


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26536 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 97857 times:

Quoting 717-200 (Reply 12):
I can hear the conversation inside the Travolta home, " Honey, i'm taking
the 707 today!" "You'll have to make due with the Gulfstream."

Actually, he flies them both himself



Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 97815 times:

Where are the taxiways? I seem to only see one...

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2412 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 97458 times:

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 18):
Where are the taxiways? I seem to only see one...

The runway is used as a taxiway


User currently offlineFlyinround731 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 97237 times:

No NIMBYs there I suppose. I'd love to have a house by the runway when that 707 takes off.

User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3656 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 97018 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 3):
Unless he builds more ramp space, he cannot park a B-747SP, or any other large airplane at his house.

Even if he had one and the space, he doesn't have the support equipment for a 747. I'd venture to guess his 707 probably spends most of its time at a real airport too.



PHX based
User currently offlineLeginmat From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 96240 times:

Thats incredible. Having your own jets at your house Big grin First time I've seen Travolta's house and I'm impressed!


leginmat
User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 95951 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 15):
He owns a 747, but not for private use. He is only the lease holder and it is a business venture.

The plane is leased by SQ!!!



Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineGary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 95619 times:

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 13):
"His brother-in-laws-teenage son's best freind's girlfreind's father's boss's son who knows everything there is about flying and thinks he's an armchair airline CEO."

sounds like an a.netter

any shots of his 707 taking off from his home? or is it guarded like... Something that's very well guarded..


25 LPLAspotter : There was an article (with an interview with JT) in which he stated that he was offered (from Qantas) a 747-200 with a couple of spare engines, but di
26 Mika : I know that John Travolta got to be pretty well loaded to be able to afford a B707..but could it just be that a B747 is too damn expensive? I mean, h
27 ZSOFN : And there are far richer people around than Travolta don't forget. Buying a 747 would be like putting him on a par with middle eastern oil giants and
28 Post contains images Bofredrik : I have bought Heathrow and will use it as my private airport. I have 45 different aircraft incl one Concorde that i use to get my girlfriend from Rio
29 Eirjet : John Travolta is living every a.netters dream. He has his own aircraft (I would personally love to own a 737-200), and If I'm not mistaken the archite
30 JumboJim747 : Not at the same time. Ol blue eyes was never on par with the oil rich giants and he had a 747.(Frank sinatra )is ol blue eyes
31 ZSOFN : Never knew that. Nevertheless with oil prices and everything else these days it's unlikely to happen again.
32 HAWK21M : What about a Control Tower.Is there one present. regds MEL
33 ANITIX87 : How does he get the plane out? Does the airport provide pushbacks from their houses? Because if he were to reverse out of there the house would be on
34 Fbm3rd : does he still park a plane in wilmington NC?
35 Monteycarlos : Didn't he buy a CV-880 recently and is in the process of restoring that and adding it to his collection?
36 Post contains links Typhaerion : No, most of those fly-ins are all uncontrolled. There are more than maybe 50-100 homes in those anyway, meaning that at most maybe 100 planes, mostly
37 Post contains images DL021 : I've actually flown over Jumbolair a few times going to and from Orlando Executive. Usually in a Bonanza and it's a pretty impressive sight to see tha
38 Aaer 777 : Bofredik, it has to be said, one cannot beat the aul' Swedish sense of humour. I really wet meself ready that one (not).
39 ClearedDirect : Having flown over it several times as well, it was interesting to watch the construction once it was known that he was moving there. The picture of Ju
40 Post contains images Brucek : I recall that while John has a private pilot certificate, he is not type rated on the 707. So, has needs a qualified crew if it ever flies. I saw thi
41 Highflier92660 : That G-V is in fact an early serial number G-II with winglets and mods. What is impressive in this day and age of spiraling fuel costs is NOT the acqu
42 Post contains links and images Boeing Nut : (deep sigh) Yea, that's my dream. Buy a PC-12 and/or an Epic LT and have it/them in my own hangar home in North Carolina.   [Edited 2005-09-13 17:19
43 Usaf6986 : actually John does fly it, as it meets the requirements he does have a full crew including flight attendants, all in era airline garb, that flys with
44 IRelayer : John Travolta's daily schedule. Wake up next to Kelly Preston. Have whatever he wants for breakfast. Start up his 707. Fly whereever he wants. Go to b
45 EA CO AS : He's gotta have a tractor for pushbacks since he noses-in to park - so who pushes him, I wonder? It's not like a powerback is an option...
46 Erj-145mech : No, you have to have the minimum crew per the airplane type certificate data sheet. The entire crew must be certified and maintain currency. The airc
47 Post contains images Mikephotos : Who cares about the rest Mike
48 AA7573E : Was not aware that airplanes have axles. Nice try.
49 Lastordu : I like it all but I think I would take the first and last if I couldn't have it all.
50 PillowTester : I 100% believe that John Travolta IS an a.netter. How can he not be? He is for sure hiding here somewhere, with some inconspicuous user name. Imagine
51 Post contains images United787 : OK, you found me out, it is me? All A-nutters are invited on my 707, tell me which airport you want me to pick you up at and you can each have a turn
52 777STL : I think he was using a figure of speech, no need to be an ass.
53 SATX : Gets some work done here at SAT on occasion. Not sure I'd call SAT a real airport, but you can fly-in just about any commercial jet and there are han
54 Grimey : Yeah I believe Mr. Travolta is an a.netter. If your reading this John could you give me a go of your B707, Please. I also read an article in a paper l
55 PillowTester : Ok (???) Is it really that hard for you to believe? He isn't a god, he's just an aviation fan as much as we are. Why wouldn't he want to be here?
56 Co7772wuh : Un F-ing believable ! What a place to live . Vinny Barbarino has a plane that's bigger than my house !
57 AirportGal : actually, pavement loading is more than the thickness of the pavement. It's a combination of pavement thickness and the strength of the subgrade, com
58 Type-Rated : Actually I was trying to offer an idea of what this DC-9 may have looked like sinking into the asphalt. I heard about this shortly after it happened
59 FLY2LIM : Yeah, what an ego trip for John Travolta to know that a bunch of (mainly) men and women who love airplanes drool over his 707. Never mind the MILLION
60 Malaysia : Do you need an IFR rating to fly a private U-2 over class A airspace?
61 Vio : If you look at the front of his house, is that a helicopter landing pad?
62 Dc863 : Well with a GII and the 707 I'm sure locals have soundproof walls and windows. Of course if I lived around there my windows would be open just to hear
63 EFCar98 : Are there any other private Airport communities with such a big runway? What about individuals with their own runway that they don't even share with a
64 Post contains images DeC : Yeah, like "Steven Spielberg" or something
65 Post contains images Blasphemystic : This whole thread is pissin me off
66 LongbowPilot : Speaking of Steven Spielberg, did you know that his family sued AA, when the aircraft they were traveling hit clear air turbulence? CRK
67 EMBQA : That is not that far removed from reality. Several times I've seen John arrive on the 707, and a short while later, Kelly and the family arrive on th
68 ZSOFN : EMBQA, do you live there?
69 EMBQA : No, but I lived in BGR...near where they have a summer home. They would keep the G-IIB in our hangar, and park the 707 out front.
70 777STL : Because everyone in the world who enjoys aviation is on this website right? The dude prolly has better things to be doing than discussing airplanes w
71 EMBQA : There are pictures right here on A.net. Just do a search under the tail number.
72 Post contains images Blasphemystic : YES, including a Toto toilet seat that washes his ass... [Edited 2005-09-14 03:18:36]
73 Post contains images Slashd0t : Any chance travolta visits here often??
74 DCrawley : lol.. well, if you are flying over Class A airspace (18,000 feet MSL to FL600), that would mean you are in Class E (FL600 and up). At anything over F
75 777STL : Why are A'netters becoming increasingly more abrasive and obnoxious lately?
76 USAFHummer : I read in a magazine that interviewed him a few months back (I think it was Reader's Digest) that he aims to fly the G-II 200 hours per year and the 7
77 Post contains images Blasphemystic : Because topics like these give me the chance
78 HaveBlue : Well you would need an IFR rating to transition Class A to get to that altitude... On a side note, John used to have a home at the Spruce Creek Fly I
79 Post contains images Co7772wuh : If there is a God , give us a sign !
80 LPLAspotter : [quote=Mika,reply=26]I know that John Travolta got to be pretty well loaded to be able to afford a B707..but could it just be that a B747 is too damn
81 Olympus69 : I waited for somebody to ask this question, but nobody did. How do you attach a wheel to the rest of the gear if it doesn't have an axle?
82 VSIVARIES : I was thinking that too. even simple gear have an 'axle' or axles of some description. AA7573E shape up or ship out. (looks like you've been kicked o
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