Actor and plane guy John Travolta recently shared a cool-looking throwback Breitling advertisement on Instagram. The Swiss luxury watch brand has appealed to aviation enthusiasts for years.
A brand ambassador since 2005, he’s enjoyed his role with the company since then.
In the advertisement, Travolta leans up against a custom-built racing aircraft called “Precious Metal” based on the P-51 Mustang. He looks into the sunset while wearing jeans, cowboy boots, and a shirt covering the watch slightly.
John Travolta could be taking a trip down memory lane. When his wife, Kelly Preston, died in 2020, he said on Instagram that he would step back from acting to spend more time with his family.
‘Travolta’ The Plane Guy
The actor’s long love of flying began in 1978 when he started taking lessons. According to CBS News, the 67-year-old got his license and can fly certain types of planes.
John Travolta’s famously integrated his love of planes into his life. He owned a house just off the runway of a private airport in Ocala, Florida. He owns four airplanes, including a Bombardier Challenger 601, a Boeing 707-138B, and an Eclipse 500.
According to Architectural Digest, the actor has also worked as a Qantas Airlines ambassador since 2002. His office features his “Qantas 747 pilot certificate.” He won an American Institute of Aeronautics Foundation Award for Excellence in 2003.
According to the magazine, former Disney chairman Michael Eisner was the house’s first dinner guest.
“He looked at our planes,” John Travolta said. “(Then Eisner said) ‘My God, I get it. Within an hour we can be on our way to Paris.'”
Travolta’s Boeing Special
The 1964 Boeing is very special to the actor. TheTravel.com once valued the plane for around $77 million. Travolta also made his design and other specifications, bumping the price up after its original $57 price tag.
Reportedly, the 150-passenger jet has a 6,000-mile range.
On another occasion, John Travolta was part of an Oprah Winfrey Show stunt where he flew her studio audience to Australia. According to NBC Chicago, the trip was part of an eight-day, all-expenses-paid trip. Travolta and Winfrey had planned the 2010 trip for over a year.
According to Simple Flying, John Travolta donated the plane to a historical aircraft restoration group in Australia, but after many delays, it has not made it to the country yet. One plane website said the plane, which Travolta had for 19 years, is still sitting at a Brunswick, Ga. airport.
Ad Plane Has A History
Fort Lauderdale, Florida-owner Ron Buccarelli now owns the “Precious Metal” plane that was featured in John Travolta’s ad. According to Mustangsmustangs, a North American P-51 Mustang website, the plane’s inception was in 1945.
It has crashed twice, with the most recent coming in 1990. In that incident, the sea-ditched plane suffered low fuel and bad weather.
Buccarelli is an air race pilot, flight instructor, actor, and aviation consultant.