John Glenn to Ride in Travolta's Friendship 707
OK -- that's not the name of John Travolta's
private 707; but the rest of this story is true:
Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003 told us that movie star John
Travolta will be at the Inventing Flight celebration as a guest of
former astronaut and senator John Glenn. Travolta will be a
presenter at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Technical Symposium on July 15 and will return to Dayton on July 20
for a flyover with John Glenn in Travolta’s 707 at the
Vectren Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger.
"I'm looking forward to being in Dayton for the Inventing Flight
Celebration and the opportunity to fly with one of my personal
heroes, John Glenn," said Travolta. "It was men like Senator Glenn
who inspired me to fly and I hope that by flying together we can
motivate the next generation of aviators."
Travolta, who serves as Australian-based
international airline Qantas' Ambassador-at-Large, is a licensed
jet pilot who has logged close to 5,000 hours since earning his
wings in 1974.
"I look forward to flying with John," said former US Senator
John Glenn, who is the Secretary General of Inventing Flight. "His
visit proves that Dayton really is the place to be 2003."
Glenn will give Travolta a full tour of Celebration Central
located at Deeds Park in downtown Dayton and will co-emcee the
Inventing Flight Closing Ceremonies with him.
"We are delighted to have John Travolta visit the birthplace of
aviation for the Inventing Flight Celebration," said Inventing
Flight Chairman Brad Tillson. "Mr. Travolta is well-known for his
acting achievements, but also brings a pilot’s appreciation
of the work of the Wright Brothers."
On July 15, Travolta will attend a special dinner
hosted by the AIAA. He is receiving the organization’s
2003 Foundation Award for Excellence for being a dedicated pilot
and patriot, and for effort in highlighting and promoting the
advantages and safety of commercial flying.
"When he returns on July 20, Travolta will become part of a cast
of the world’s superstar aviators during the unprecedented
Air Show at Dayton International Airport," said Donald J. Kinlin,
chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show, which produces
the 2003 Dayton Air Show.