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News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:46 am

I was at KSAT today and saw JT's 707 take-off (impressive).

I was wondering why it came to KSAT. I don't think he has any business here and I can't imagine he does any maintenance here. Anybody know?
 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:00 pm

SAT has several maintenace companys that do, and have done work for him.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:08 pm

Was it still in the Qantas livery? I wonder if he was flying it himself.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 1:22 pm

my question is does he have to employ flight crew (co-pilot, Flight Engineer)? Or is he allowed to fly with fewer crew because it is a private jet?
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 1:50 pm

Last year, when family and I flew into SAT, his 707 was there on the east side of the field.

When we came back to fly home, three days later, the 707 was gone... but his Gulfstream was parked, "rat there" at the same FBO where we tied down the 182. Guess that explained all the stretech limos that were waiting, idling, when we had arrived. We shoulda hung around?

I assume that he gets some work done there. Or maybe he likes the great Tex-Mex cuisine one finds in San Antone...
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:03 pm

"Or maybe he likes the great Tex-Mex cuisine one finds in San Antone..."

Brings new meaning to the concept of the $100 hamburger...

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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:21 pm

he flies the gulfstean himself. the 707 he has a crew for, or at least so is my understanding.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:25 pm

Or rather the $10,000 hamburger eh Greg.  Big grin

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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:11 pm

"he flies the gulfstean himself. the 707 he has a crew for, or at least so is my understanding."

I believe he's typed on the 707 as well...

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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:18 pm

John Travolta is certified to fly the 707 as well as the 747. I read somewhere that although John Travolta does have a crew for his 707 he's the one in control for every takeoff and landing.

(Forgot where I read that but I'm sure if you do a search you'll find it)
 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:37 pm

He flies the Gulf..........the 707 and is rated in 747 by QF.

He does have a regular crew for the 707, I suppose so he can enjoy time with the wife and kinder while in flight! But I'll bet he has his hands on those controls more than you think!

Seen his 707 from air on cable, believe it was Travel Channel showing huge houses of the stars. It was in an airpark, I think north of Orlando (someone knows exactly where here). The 707 parked right up next to house!!! Nosed into kind of a "carport". He has largest aircraft in community, most of his neighbors aren't to pleased with him. Must be the noise huh? Showed some of his other planes parked there also (not all at once). I suppose if I was his neighbor and I ONLY had a little G4 I'd be jealous too!


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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:28 pm

Any pictures of his Gulfstram?
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 9:12 pm

ILSApproach, the community you are referring to is Jumbolair.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 9:53 pm

It's an old GII-B... but in great shape.
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When I was reading over this thread last night I remembered back several years ago when 'JT' got in a little hot water after doing a low level fly over of his house in Maine with the 707.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 10:08 pm

Usair330 you are correct. He does have a crew for the 707, but on a show about him they said he does every take off and landing himself.

The airpark he lives in now is east of Ocala, FL. And as far as him getting in hot water with his neighbors there, well, that is the reason he is no longer here in Daytona at the nearby Spruce Creek Fly In... his jets got him either kicked out of their or in so much crap that he moved. Either way it sucks, I'd prefer the oppurtunity to bump into him but ah well.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:48 pm

While Travolta has type ratings in both the 707 and Gulfstream, he still must use a flight crew. i.e. he can be the captain, but both airplanes require other crewmembers whether they are operated Part 91 (private) or Part 121/135 (commercial.) The GII would need a copilot and the 707 needs a copilot and FE.
 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:56 pm

Recently saw a thing about him on VH-1 Music Channel. He does indeed have a cockpit crew for the 707, although he normally sits in the left seat. I believe its a complete crew of 3, so someone is sitting in the jumpseat when he flies.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 12:56 am

That is one beautiful ex-Qantas Boeing 707-138B. Last year when he did a round-the-world flight with a full complement of current and retired Qantas pilots, it was mentioned in the article that he had accumulated a total time of 5,000 flight hours. While that may seem high to the man on the street, it's quite low if he were a fifty year old Part 121 airline pilot in the left seat. I did a search and found out that John Joseph Travolta is listed as a Private Pilot ASMEL with an instrument rating. No type in either the Boeing 707 or the G-II.

This takes nothing away from a great actor/aviation enthusiast with a beautiful wife and lifestyle that most of us would envy. He is also smart enough to have high time professionals aboard every flight.

 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:47 am

According to someone I know at Boeing, when Qantas took delivery of their most recent 744ER they had Travolta sitting left seat for the flight.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't their most recent 744ER the Wunala Dreaming (?) one?

Just thought I'd share.

 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:57 am

The Gulfstream requires a crew co pilot as it is over a certain weight. Ditto the 707, plus maybe a flight engineer.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:58 am

the area where he lives is called Jumbolair http://www.jumbolair.com/

we had some pictures on airliners.net of his estates its just marvelous
 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:43 am

Ditto the 707, plus maybe a flight engineer

I don't know of any Boeing 707 anywhere in the world that is typed for just a 2 man crew....they all have FE, and in the early days even had a Navigator.

Last I knew, N707JT was actually a 720.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:54 am

Both the Gulfstream (2 crew members) and the Boeing 707 ( 3 crew members) are required to have the PIC meet requirements of FAR Part 61.31 and in the case of the 707 have a Flight Engineer-Turbojet rated crewman aboard.

From my understanding talking to the Qantas crews, John only went through F/O 747-400 training prior to the Qantas sponsored round-the-world flight.
 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:07 am

Last I knew, N707JT was actually a 720.

It's a 707-138B originally delivered to Qantas.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:27 am

Anybody have any links to photos of his 707 outside his house?
 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:40 am

Images of his house/car...err...planeport were in a recent Architectural Digest .....

Why does everyone think that its so unusual to have a B707 parked in the driveway??  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:52 am

Images of his house/car...err...planeport were in a recent Architectural Digest .....

Do a search here on A.net. Not long ago there was a thread on this subject. I really liked the interior pictures. He has a mid 60's early 70's flair to it and it really goes well with his 707.
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:57 am

Ottopylit,
there is no jumpseat in the 707, there are five full sized seats.
 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:08 am

I can personally tell you that John flies his own 707. I was in DAY last year during the Dayton Airshow and holding short to take off while John's 707 was on final. John was talking on the same tower frequency as I, and the voice was clearly him. Knowing this I said "Nice Plane John" and he replied "Thanks." So even though he does have a crew, he also flies it himself.

Between waiting for John's 707 to land, I was right behind the Thunderbirds on the taxiway and watched them take-off before John landed. It was a very exciting trip!
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:25 am

We saw it over on the East Side of the airport, drove over there, and heard the APU running, so we decided to stay. The crew (not Travolta) did some checks, then lit up the engines and they were outa here.
 
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:51 am

I'd like to live in the JumboLair aviation village. I can see it now "Honey, I'm taking the Dash8 out for a flight. Where'd I put the cockpit door keys?" Big grin
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Wed Sep 01, 2004 12:40 pm

Is the 707 fitted with some sort of hush kit ?

Are there restrictions on which airports it can use due to noise ?
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Wed Sep 01, 2004 1:03 pm

As of 0502Z, John's N707JT is flying FL270 over the eastern atlantic at a heading of 95 degrees and 539kt ground speed according to air nav live flight tracker 3. Going to Venice maybe?
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RE: News About John Travolta's 707?

Wed Sep 01, 2004 1:33 pm

I flew into IND at 2:17 today from BOS and saw the 707 while we were landing. I didn't have my camera out at the time but when we were taxing I got a picture of it taking off, although through the window across from me so it wasn't a very good shot. It was fairly loud taking off though and noticeable from the ERJ I was in. So maybe he was going from IND to somewhere in Europe, but I am not sure.
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