American actor John Travolta has donated his classic Qantas Boeing 707 to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS).
Travolta made the announcement last Friday, saying he was very happy the aircraft was going to new home that would look after it.
"It gives me great pleasure to make this exciting historical announcement that my beloved Boeing 707 aircraft has been donated to the Historical Aircraft Restoration society (HARS) based in the town of Albion Park, approximately 90 miles (140 km) south of the city of Sydney in Australia," Travolta said.
"As many of you will know, flying is a passion of mine and I am just so grateful to be fortunate enough to count many hours flying such a beautiful aircraft.
"The aircraft currently requires a lot of work to be restored to a safe flying state and having seen first hand the dedication and passion of people at HARS, I have no doubt this beautiful and historical aircraft will be flying again.
"HARS have an impressive track record of restoring historical aircraft and I have personally flown in a Super Constellation that they restored to flying condition from almost nothing.
"I am truly excited by this project and am just so pleased that this beautiful aircraft, for which I obviously have very fond memories, will continue to fly well into the future."
The aircraft, a B707-138B currently registered as N707JT, was delivered to Qantas in 1964 and operated with the Flying Kangaroo until 1968. Travolta bought the aircraft in 1998 and re-painted it in Qantas livery in 2002 when he became an ambassador for the airline.
HARS has many historic multi-engined aircraft in its collection, including B747 VH-OJA, a Super Constellation, Convair 440, Consolidated PBY Catalina, De Havilland Canada Caribou, Lockheed Neptunes and Douglas C-14/DC3s.