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John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Thu Sep 16, 2004 8:47 pm

I'm guessing he is flying around the US this week. He was in ORD 2 days ago and in ATL yestarday. He is parked on the General Aviation ramp at DFW right now.
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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Thu Sep 16, 2004 9:05 pm

He was parked at BGR last Thursday 9-9, probably the first Qantus flight to BGR in a while! Smile
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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Thu Sep 16, 2004 11:02 pm

It is still parked at General Aviation. I just went over there and shot the heck out of it. I tried to get the people at the facility to escort me out on the ramp and they wouldn't, yet they didn't care if I took photos of it over the fence. Apparently, a LOT of people came over last night to GA after it parked and were trying to met Mr. Travolta. I told the lady I was much more interested in photographing the airplane than Mr. Travolta. She thought that was odd.............ha ha !! She has her priorities mixed up.

I'll try and upload a few onto this site in an hour or so. If not accepted, I'll load them on the other site.

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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Fri Sep 17, 2004 12:13 am

Update, I just downloaded all of my shots and I am SOOOOOOO stupid !!
I had shot a high school football game last Friday night and had my ISO setting at 1000. UGH !!! I was soooo mad.

Well living as close as I do to DFW, I went back out there and shot it again with ISO 100 and L (50 ISO) mode. Unfortunately, there was a Lear Jet now parked somewhat in the way of the fence and the B-707 but I was still able to get some great shots.

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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Fri Sep 17, 2004 2:51 am

What else is Ravolta rated for? 747? 767?

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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Fri Sep 17, 2004 9:41 am

Travolta is also rated on Gulfstreams and I think Citations. There has been a thread on this in the past. I think he also used to own a Constellation so I'm sure he was rated on that and I believe he got his start in a Jetstar????

I saw on the local news he is in town at Firewater, a hot new bar to promote his new movie that is a Fireman themed movie.

Just don't know when he is going to leave DFW or I'd love to get some shots of that also.

I uploaded two to this site, hopefully they will get accepted in about a month or so..........ha ha !! (big grin!!)

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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Fri Sep 17, 2004 9:51 am

"I saw on the local news he is in town at Firewater, a hot new bar to promote his new movie that is a Fireman themed movie."

The movie is Ladder 49. Here's an interesting story from , a website for us firefighters. The two Prince Georges Co. Maryland firefighters he's with are creditied for saving a trapped firefighter in a house fire a few months back.

A whirlwind 24-hours featured two Prince George’s County Firefighters being recognized for their heroic actions that brought John Travolta and Oprah Winfrey to tears.

On Monday, Fire Lieutenant Kenneth Ward and Emergency Response Technician (ERT) Philip Bird were asked to join the Departments Spokesperson, Mark Brady, on a “recruitment trip” that would require an overnight stay. After having obtained approval from Acting Fire Chief Darrell C. Odom, the trio departed Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Monday at 2:30 PM on a flight to Detroit, Michigan.

Not fully believing their involvement in a “recruitment trip”, the two firefighters were told by Brady they were also going to participate in filming a documentary on training involving “Rapid Intervention”.

The three members of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department arrived at Detroit Engine Company 5-Rescue Squad 2 at Alexandrine and Cass Street at about 5:00 PM and were greeted by the Detroit Firefighters that were curious as to all the activity, as was Lt. Ward and ERT Bird. A film production crew was at the fire station disguised with the task of interviewing firefighters about “Rapid Intervention”. In reality, the film crew was part of The Oprah Winfrey Show preparing a segment on firefighting heroes to be televised with a promo for the soon to be released “Ladder 49” movie.

This entire event had been set up over the past several days and had been kept quiet, at the request of The Oprah Winfrey Show, with the exception of Brady, Acting Fire Chief Odom and The Oprah Winfrey Show production team. The Oprah Winfrey Show goes to great extremes to keep their storyline under wraps and surprise guests with their “wildest dreams coming true”.

While filming an interview with Lt. Ward and ERT Bird, a loud voice was heard throughout the fire station, “Does anyone here know Ken Ward and Phil Bird?” The two firefighters turned to see who was asking and ended up face to face with John Travolta. John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Jacinda Barrett, Robert Patrick and other crewmembers from “Ladder 49” surprised the two Prince George’s Firefighters with their impromptu entrance. John Travolta informed the two PGFD members that they would be making an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show the next morning in Chicago, IL and that he, John Travolta, would fly them on-board his private Boeing 707 aircraft.

After about 45 minutes of the actors greeting firefighters, paramedics and police officers, the contingent left Detroit Engine Company 5-Rescue Squad 2 and departed for Metro Airport for their flight to Chicago. The two firefighters were wined and dined on-board and were given the opportunity to explore all the unique features on the custom built aircraft including John Travolta’s private bedroom, bathrooms and dining areas.

After having arrived in Chicago on Monday evening, the PGFD crew was taken to The Oprah Winfrey Show that is filmed at Harpo Studios early the following morning. Another surprise awaited them; their wives joined the firefighters; Robin Ward and Kristen Bird, after having been flown into Chicago by The Oprah Winfrey Show staff that morning.

The taping of the show started promptly at 9:00 AM and lasted just over an hour. In addition to Oprah Winfrey, the PGFD crew was joined by John Travolta, the crew from “Ladder 49” and PGFD Fire Lieutenant “Dino” Mahaffey for a special presentation that was quite simply “overwhelming and emotional”. The segment is scheduled to air on Monday, September 20, 2004, at 4:00 PM.

Fire Lieutenant Kenneth Ward had an opportunity to comment on the rescue of his friend and colleague and stated, “ERT Bird and myself were part of a team of firefighters and paramedics that came to the aid of Lieutenant Mahaffey the evening he was injured, we accept this gratitude on behalf of all those involved.”

In Prince George’s County, Acting Fire Chief Darrell C. Odom added, “The incident in which Fire Lieutenant Mahaffey was critically injured is currently being reviewed and under consideration for recognition at the Public Safety Valor Awards for all the individuals that were involved.” He continued by saying, “Having such notable and prominent individuals as John Travolta and Oprah Winfrey recognize the efforts of firefighters is gratifying and appreciated, and not just in Prince George’s County, it is appreciated by firefighters everywhere.”

The Prince George’s contingent departed Chicago at 2:30 PM for a return to Prince George’s County, twenty-four hours after they started this amazing journey.

I can't wait to see the movie, Travolta's a great guy

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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Fri Sep 17, 2004 1:11 pm

I saw him take off from DFW at 7:35PM central. Must have been been pretty light. He looked more like a 757 than a 707 judging by his rate of climb.

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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Fri Sep 17, 2004 1:17 pm

He was on the Letterman show about a year ago and he said that he is a Qantas 744 pilot.
Rating he obtain in trade of the painting of the 707.
Back then he said he had over 5000 hours of flight time. And he also said that the school for it was very tough.

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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Fri Sep 17, 2004 3:27 pm

The plane was in ATL on Wed, over a Mercury Air. Anyone know what he was doing there?

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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Sat Sep 18, 2004 5:21 am

He was in ATL for a movie promo for Ladder 49.
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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Sat Sep 18, 2004 5:34 am


Awesome post! Filled in a lot of blanks in several stories...

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RE: John Travolta's 707 @ DFW

Sun Sep 19, 2004 1:06 am

There was also a very nice looking, private, Dornier 328 jet parked near Travolta's jet, tail number was N328GT. I did a search for it. Some private charter company. Wonder what it was doing in DFW and wonder what the interior looks like on the inside?


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