John Travolta’s Beautiful 707

I may have spent today at the celebration for Qantas’ first scheduled A380 flight to the US, but as far as I’m concerned this plane stole the show.

John Travolta 707

Yes, that’s John Travolta’s immaculate 707. John is the Goodwill Ambassador for Qantas, and his 707 is painted in vintage Qantas colors. As he said in the press conference for the A380 today, “When I was 5 years old, I collected airline memorabilia from all airlines. I was . . . an airline geek.” Unlike most of us, however, he was able to buy his own private jet to fly around. I’ll have more on the A380 tomorrow, but I’ll leave you tonight with this great shot of the two aircraft meeting.

A380 and 707 at LAX

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yo
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Just think, if he didn’t belong to the cult, he could own his own A380….

Hail Xenu!

flyairdave
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Travolta flies this 707 around the world and then ‘claims’ to be green. Just another Hollyweirdo that says one thing and does another.

Brian Lusk
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The cool thing about is 707 is that it actually belonged to Qantas and it is the very rare “short-bodied” 707-138B. It’s body length is closer to a 720 than the standard 707-100 series. Only a handful of these aircraft were built, and they were precursors of the shorter body=greater range theory that led to the 747SP and L1011-500. Of course, the long-range 707-300 quickly eclipsed any range advantage that the -138 had. (oddly Braniff aquired some of these on a second-hand basis to supplement their equally rare 707-227s) flyairdave, I thnk the atmosphere can absorb a few relics of… Read more »
Beth Blair
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I didn’t know that his plane was originally a Qantas aircraft. Very cool post.

Brian Lusk
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Oh and the V-Jet reference on the tail of the 707 is a bit esoteric. Vannus is fan in Latin. Qantas used V-Jet to show the aircraft had turbofans instead of straight turbojets.

jon.fjalstad
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Cranky…thanks for bringing this post to us. Very cool. I assume you were at LAX for this…but even cooler if it was in SYD.

AN
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How old is that 707? How long can planes, even properly maintained, last?

Nick Barnard
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AN the life of a plane is also limited to it’s maintence, cycles, and flying time (the latter two are roughly equivalent to miles on the odometer of a car.) One other thing that also contributes to how long a plane will be used is operating costs, we saw a whole bunch of perfectally flyable planes come out of fleets over the past seven years because they cost too much to operate. A random example of this is John McCain’s 737. It’s an old -400 bird that used to be flown by US Airways. (BTW cranky that might make an… Read more »
tudelink
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I was about to buy one of the planes, but as I couldn’t decide between A380 and Travolta’s 707… I’ll finally buy a bycicle :P

patrick
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I think it would look nicer in the solid blue Braniff scheme it wore before…

Jack
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The US Air Force has MANY Boeing 707 airframes in current service — called the KC-135. Look it up — the old girl is still valuable for national defense!

globemaster1968
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I did a little calculation, I tried to figure out the difference in carbon output, If you drove a car from denver to seattle, or take an airplane. You have more carbon output in a 2 1/2 day drive than a 2 hour plane flight. now you all figure it out yourself ok?

Ron
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Just spotted this 707 parked at LAX this morning, from the 105 bridge above Sepulveda (I assume it was the same one — how many 707’s are flying around these days in original Qantas livery?). Thanks for this post, which allowed me to identify the plane while driving at 55 mph or so.

B.A.
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How do the libtards, explain “global warming” which occurred thousands of years ago, before there were any aircraft, automobiles, or vast acres of farting cows to blame it on?

James Allen
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@ patrick:
Never did like the Gawdy paint schemes on Braniff airplanes…..stuck out like a sore thumb when I worked on the DC-8 line at Douglas (Yes, Douglas) Aircraft.
Besides, Braniff sunk! Qantas is still one of the best airlines in the world.

Trey Smith
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@ AN:
The answer to this is how much money do you have? It is conceivable that you could literally replace every single component. Aircraft are routinely taken apart and reassembled as part of their lifetime inspections. The cost factor is usually why they are sent to a graveyard. There are many many many WWII aircraft still in service. This is due to their owners love of the aircraft and very deep pockets.

Ron
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Spotted again this morning at LAX, on the ramp just west of the southern entrance to the Sepulveda Tunnel. It was also parked there Thursday morning (5 Nov).

Chicago Joe
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Technically, although based on the same prototype, the KC-135 is a different (smaller) fuselage than the 707 so while it is the military version, it’s not like these get windows and seats and go to an airline, while these go get fitted with a boom and fuel tanks and go to the Air Force. They are in fact different. What happened was that after the 367-80 prototype, they made the fuselage a little bigger and on that basis got an Air Force contract. Then they heard what Douglas was planning with the DC-8 and to be more competitive they upped… Read more »
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