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Travolta in BTR

kilroy

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I see Travolta's 707 inbound BTR curious of what his actual mission his. Nice to see an acto or singer do some good with there money instead ridiculious racilal comments
 
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<squeaky little high pitched voice>

HI! I'm John Travolta, this is my BOEing 707, and to quote one of my favvvvvvvvvvvvvorite movies, <high pitched squeaky arnold accented voice> "Come with me if you want to live."
 

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kilroy said:
I see Travolta's 707 inbound BTR curious of what his actual mission his. Nice to see an acto or singer do some good with there money instead ridiculious racilal comments

I flew into BTR today. Saw Travolta doing his own walk-around. Saw a few others with him, but nobody I recognized. Our station manager said he brought Oprah in for a visit...and a bunch of volunteers to help the folks still underwater.

He departed just before we did (about 1800L). That 707 smokes!

The place was packed with helos and a single C-17 carrying a FEMA "command center" van out. (Huh? The crisis is over?)

We flew a load of doctors from New Zealand, Italy, France, and England in, along with several EMT's.

We took out a load of "refugees" bound for the West Coast. Lots of folks in wheelchairs.
 
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How many wheelchairs did youc all for in-range??


And did they all show up on time??

Sorry...couldn't resist!
 

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We're trying to get some emergency crews into Covington, LA (just north of Lake Pontchatrain). Anyone know the best airport with at least a 5500' strip that's operational? I'm looking at KHDC (Hammond Northshore Regional). Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

HMR
 

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Biatch5 said:
How many wheelchairs did youc all for in-range??


And did they all show up on time??

Sorry...couldn't resist!

Ha! Good one!

1. We called for 7.
2. Two "pushers" showed up.
3. F/O pushed two. I pushed two. An exhausted EMT volunteer we brought back pushed 1.
4. Agent asked one of the "refugees" where he was headed, and the poor guy said, "Someplace called 'Portland'. I hope it's dry there!" (gulp!)

Travolta was not wearing a uniform. It looked like jeans and a khaki shirt. He was the only one acting like a pilot in the group. The rest were just gawking at him. Me? I was looking for Kelly...

04L is 6,900' long, and that 707 hopped-off around midfield. Probably Oprah's leg...
 

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He actually went to MSY from there, then back to Ocala later in the evening. I was bored at work and was watching the traffic on Flight Explorer.
 

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Don't know anything about Travolta, but I've always wondered why he tools around in that 3-hole beast (707) when a 1st gen 737 would cost FAR less to operate, and would still be a "real" airliner. He's got the coin, whatever he wants to do is fine, but has anyone heard of his reasoning for his choice of AC?
 

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Swede said:
Don't know anything about Travolta, but I've always wondered why he tools around in that 3-hole beast (707) when a 1st gen 737 would cost FAR less to operate, and would still be a "real" airliner. He's got the coin, whatever he wants to do is fine, but has anyone heard of his reasoning for his choice of AC?

First of all, the 707 is a 'four-holer'.

Why does he fly it? Let me ask this, why do people own classic cars, when a Honda will do just fine?

There are very few 707's left flying in the world, and his is one of the best examples. I think its awesome that he is keeping a classic airliner like that in the air, and I hope he keeps it for another 20 years.
 

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Swede said:
Don't know anything about Travolta, but I've always wondered why he tools around in that 3-hole beast (707) when a 1st gen 737 would cost FAR less to operate, and would still be a "real" airliner. He's got the coin, whatever he wants to do is fine, but has anyone heard of his reasoning for his choice of AC?

Uh....a 707 is a "four hole beast" and I'd imagine his deal as ambassador with Quantas helps pay the bills when flying the 707.
 

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Wow, a 3-way flogging for my 3-hole gaffe. I'm not criticizing him, just curious. I'm all for owning and enjoying whatever you can afford, be it a B-17, 707, or a Fokker triplane.
 

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Quantas pays for all of the maintenance and fuel in return for some P.R. by JT. It is still painted in the Quantas colors and from what I understand he bought the airplane because it is what he grew up watching as a kid.

I had the rare privilege of getting a tour of his house at Jumbolair a couple of months ago. He wasn’t there but I do however look forward to meeting him someday.

I addition to the 707 he owns a G2, a couple of Ultralights, and a some beautiful mint condition classic T-Birds.
 
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Saw the "3-holer" ;) in BGR a couple days ago. Rampies said he has a place up there somewhere. I wonder if he has a place on the coast, or in the hills. The visibility was outstanding in the NE a couple days ago!
 

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Hovernut said:
Saw the "3-holer" ;) in BGR a couple days ago. Rampies said he has a place up there somewhere. I wonder if he has a place on the coast, or in the hills. The visibility was outstanding in the NE a couple days ago!

He has a place out on the coast, and a few years back his neighbors called the feds on him cause he kept buzzing his house in the new-to-him 707.
 

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I did a run to BTR the other day that place looks like an army base now. I bet the ATC guys are having a blast!! It was probably some guys retirement job in the tower because he wanted to get away from a busy airport.

They did a great job though everyone there is working their butts off.
 

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StrykerFL said:
Quantas pays for all of the maintenance and fuel in return for some P.R. by JT. It is still painted in the Quantas colors and from what I understand he bought the airplane because it is what he grew up watching as a kid.

I had the rare privilege of getting a tour of his house at Jumbolair a couple of months ago. He wasn’t there but I do however look forward to meeting him someday.

I addition to the 707 he owns a G2, a couple of Ultralights, and a some beautiful mint condition classic T-Birds.

If you don't mind my asking, how the heck did you land that tour?
 
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