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Default Hunks We Love!

This is not really a game...just thought we could post pics and info (if you want to) about some of our favorite HUNKS. They can be family, friends, actors, politicians, scientists, athletes, etc.

One of my favorites is John Travlota (I'll do George Clooney next...LOL)


John Travolta - Aviation Biography
In the tradition of celebrities in the cockpit, international superstar John Travolta is taking to the skies exactly 75 years after the world’s first nonstop solo Atlantic crossing by Charles Lindbergh. This July and August, Travolta will pilot his own Boeing 707 on a 13-city Spirit of Friendship Tour, serving as Ambassador-at-Large for Australian-based international airline Qantas. The 707, which was previously operated by the airline, has been repainted in 1960s’ Qantas livery for the tour.
Audiences may know that Travolta played an Air Force major piloting a Stealth Bomber in Broken Arrow, that he narrated a 50th anniversary documentary on The Blue Angels, and that he named his son Jett. Yet they may not be aware that he is a licensed jet pilot with a lifelong passion for aviation. Since earning his wings in 1974, he has logged close to an astounding 5,000 hours for reasons both professional and personal.
“Every cent of my first paychecks went to flying lessons,” recalls Travolta, who has trained in cockpits as diverse as his acting roles. They include qualifying as a captain in the Gulfstream II, Lear Jet 24, Hawker 1A, Citation 1 and 2, Tebuan, and Vampire Jet, and as first officer in the Boeing 707. Travolta keeps his skills up-to-date through continual refresher courses, training at American Airlines, Pan Am, SimuFlite and other institutions for over 20 years. Following extensive sessions at Qantas’s Sydney headquarters and with Boeing in Seattle, he has also successfully completed 747-400 First Officer simulator training. Qantas Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Geoff Dixon presented Travolta with his “wings” at Los Angeles airport on 24 June 2002. Travolta first became enamored of aviation as a child, at the same time absorbing a love of acting. His mother and sisters were stage performers and, in addition to seeing them perform, he regularly saw them off at the airport every time they flew out of town. He observed the flight paths of the closest airports – La Guardia, Teterboro and Newark – read books on aviation, and took particular interest in Constellations, DC-6s and DC-7s. Attesting to his early charisma, he persuaded the girls in his neighborhood to don their Brownie uniforms to play flight attendants (or stewardesses, as they were known in the pre-politically correct 1960s) as he captained his backyard airliner built by him and his father.
Having owned most of the aforementioned jets at one time, Travolta recently donated his Tebuan to a flight school in Florida and now owns only two aircraft: a Gulfstream II and a more spacious Boeing 707 purchased four years ago. In 32 years of flying since his first lessons in 1970, he has devoted more than a quarter of his 5,000 flying hours toward the Gulfstream, an impressive 1,372 hours, while logging several hundred in the 707.
“I find flying extroverting – it puts your attention outside yourself – you’re responsible for a machine that’s going through the air at 600 mph. The sensation is thrilling and there’s a beauty and an art form to it,” says Travolta, who is accompanied by two other captains, flight attendants and an engineer on his own transoceanic flights. Paying homage to the classic elegance and professionalism of the Qantas fleet, he runs each private flight like the finest stratospheric services, embracing a refined style that permeates every element.
Fascinated as a child by Qantas’ history, perfect safety record and professional accomplishments (which over the years has included the longest hauls over water as well as the world’s longest distance flight), Travolta has visited Australia four times, starting in 1980, and has long appreciated the freshness of the country and the warm and genuine nature of its people. His affiliation with the airline began last year when he flew his ex-Qantas Boeing 707 to Australia to promote Swordfish, making “quite an impact” on the Qantas employees at the airport. This sparked his lifelong dream of being part of a respected international airline, inspiring a “Spirit of Friendship Tour” that will bring Travolta to 13 markets – Los Angeles, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt and New York – heralding the safety of flying and the value of rekindling cross-border relationships. The tour involves about 80 flying hours and covers more than 35,000 nautical miles (64,700 kilometres). Describing the sight of his own 707 wearing Qantas colors as “nothing short of thrilling,” Travolta hopes his projects with the airline will lead to an ongoing relationship. “Qantas epitomizes what a successful airline represents: from safety to achievement to service,” he says. “It’s completely impressive!”
Following his breakout role on the beloved mid-1970s TV series “Welcome Back, Kotter” and other acclaimed television projects such as “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” John Travolta launched a successful film career with such projects as Carrie, Saturday Night Fever (his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor), Grease, Urban Cowboy, Blowout and Look Who’s Talking. He earned his second
Oscar nomination for the 1994 crime thriller Pulp Fiction, bringing him to a new level of stardom behind such films as Get Shorty (which garnered a Golden Globe win among four other nominations), Broken Arrow, Phenomenon, Michael, Face/Off, Primary Colors, A Civil Action, Battlefield Earth, The General’s Daughter and Swordfish. Travolta recently completed principal photography opposite Samuel Jackson on the thriller Basic, to be released in early 2003.
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