John Travolta donates Boeing 707 plane to aviation museum in Australia

A file photo taken in 2002 shows actor John Travolta standing in front of his Boeing 707 at Sydney Airport.
A file photo taken in 2002 shows actor John Travolta standing in front of his Boeing 707 at Sydney Airport.PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Hollywood star John Travolta has donated his Boeing 707 plane to an Australian aviation museum and is aiming to be part of the crew to deliver the vintage aircraft.

Made for Qantas in 1964, the Saturday Night Fever actor and qualified pilot acquired the jet when Australia's national carrier retired it more than 30 years later.

"It gives me great pleasure to make this exciting historical announcement that my beloved Boeing 707 aircraft has been donated to the Historical Aircraft Restoration society," Travolta, a Qantas ambassador since 2002, said.

The society will help restore the plane so that it can make the journey from the United States to its base some 145km from Sydney.

A date for the flight is not yet fixed but the actor, a long-time aviation buff, said he plans to be on it.