Travolta shares favourite aviation memories
Jan. 21, 2014, Los Angeles, Ca. - John Travolta's first ever solo flight was his most memorable. The 'Wild Hogs' actor is a pilot and committed aviation enthusiast - who owns four jets and famously has his own runway to the front door of his estate in Florida - and says he will never forget the thrill of the first time he flew a plane by himself.
January 21, 2014 By Bang Showbiz
Speaking at the 11th annual Living Legends of Aviation awards at the
Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, John told BANG Showbiz: "The best
day of flying was probably my first solo. Every first, you know, my
first solo my first jet license, every rating after that. They were all
highlights for me."
John used to have five private planes – a customized Boeing 707,
three Gulfstream jets and a Lear jet – but he donated one G-2 Gulfstream
executive jet to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2012 in memory of
his son, Jett, who tragically died after suffering a seizure during a
break to the Bahamas in 2009.
John – who was awarded the Living Legends Ambassador of Aviation
award in 2007 – also has son Benjamin, three, and daughter Ella, 13,
with wife Kelly Preston.
The Living Legends of Aviation awards last Friday (01.17.14) saw
Harrison Ford attend, and present his Aviation Legacy Award to Marilyn
Richwine and Rhonda Fullerton.
Other winners included Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO of
FedEx, who was given the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award and Bruce
Whitman, Chairman and CEO of FlightSafety International, who received
the Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award.