John Travolta was an aviation enthusiast long before he was the big Hollywood star that many people idolized. After appearing on television series “Welcome Back, Kotter” and starring in the box office successes “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease,” you’d think he’d just lounge around in a fancy mansion for the rest of his life.
But you’re wrong. The lounging around the fancy mansion part - you got quite right. But not without his personal airport that’s home to one of the biggest private fleets a celebrity has.
John Travolta’s estate and airport
Given that John Travolta is a very famous actor, film producer, dancer and singer, it’s no surprise that he owns multiple properties. In fact, he owns 6 homes in different places. These are in the following areas:
Hoboken, New Jersey
The first home Travolta purchased was this New Jersey home for the elaborate sum of $140,000. This is located in a working class neighborhood, which was turned over to his sister when his career took off. Today, this home is valued at $290,000.
New York, New York
The apartment Travolta splurged on after hitting it big in Saturday Night Fever. This apartment had 3 bedrooms, included hardwood floors and a marble entranceway, and was over 2,000 square feet. This had been sold for $1.7 million dollars.
Diamond Head Hawaii
This Oahu Hawaii home with a spectacular ocean view is owned by Mrs. Travolta (Kelly Preston). Currently, this modest 3-bedroom home is used as an income property by the new owner. The property was sold in 2000 for $1.5 million.
Santa Barbara, California
Like any celebrity couple, the Travolta's, are bicoastal with homes on both the East and the West coast of the US. The Santa Barbara home was purchased in 1997 for a little over $ 7 million.
Coastal Maine, Islesboro
The Travolta’s are known to love quiet times and normal family activities, and their quiet retreat is this 12,000 square feet on the water home with a built in pool and massive rooms. Tastefully decorated to be large and peaceful for both sides of the families on holidays, the 6-bedroom home sits in between a forest and by the blueberry fields.
A place for his family and his planes
Perhaps the biggest and most talked about Travolta mansion is the one located in Ocala, Florida. It first made news when people learned it was the procured property of yet another big star (Frank Sinatra), but then it really made an impact when John turned it into a big estate that also shows his private collection of airplanes.
The house is based on Jumbolair Airport, a private-use, fly-in Airport. All the residents in there have their own jets, parked next to their house.
The plane theme is embedded in this Florida mansion, and is very reflective in his airplane models. According to his wife, John, who at 5 said aviation was in his blood, had always dreamed of having planes in his front yard so he can just get on the plane and whisk off if he wanted to go somewhere. What a dream come true for this aviation enthusiast, right?
Now, what exactly can you find here?
Boeing 707 “Jet Clipper Ella” in Quantas colors (registration N707JT)
According to reports, the plane Travolta calls the “Jet Clipper Ella” is the ONLY 1960s-era 707 that is still flying in the U.S. Boeing 707 airplane models are known to revolutionize air travel and kick the jet age into top gear. In fact, some people think that the commercial flights today owe it everything!
Bombardier Challenger 601 (registration N392JT)
This particular aircraft of the Hollywood star has a 30-year old Learjet design that uses Canadair technology. He loves this airplane when he wants to be comfortable flying to a different place. Flying in a Bombardier Challenger 601 is one of the most luxurious ways to fly.
Eclipse EA500 (registration N218JT)
The Eclipse 500 is also called the Eclipse Aerospace EA500, a small six-seat American business jet aircraft. This particular model became the first of a new class of Very Light Jets when it was delivered in the late 2006.
Gulfstream II (registration N552JT and N495JT)
This 12-passenger twin engine business jet was donated by by John Travolta himself to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, in memory of his deceased son, Jett. Now, it’s used as a tool to educate many children about aviation.
Canadair CL41 Tutor
A special model - this Canadair CT-114 Tutor was the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and later Canadian Forces standard jet trainer, used between the early 1960s and 2000.
John Travolta’s acting funded his passion for aviation. Considering that even when he was busy in the entertainment industry, he made time to earn his private pilot's license at age 22, there’s just no saying that his aircraft collection will stop. Perhaps, maybe we will see more of his airplane models in his airport home.