Actor John Travolta honored in Ohio for promoting flying

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Actor John Travolta flew his Boeing 707 to this southwest Ohio city to accept an award for his efforts at promoting commercial flying.
The Oscar-nominated actor known for such films as "Saturday Night Fever," "Grease" and "Pulp Fiction," landed with a crew of six people Tuesday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Travolta (pictured, above) took time off from a film he is shooting in New Orleans to attend the awards banquet of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics on Tuesday night at the Air Force Museum.
The actor is ambassador-at-large for Australia's Qantas Airlines and is a pilot who is qualified as captain in eight types of jets.
He was honored with the AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence for his efforts in promoting commercial flying.
Travolta said his main purpose was to inspire the next 100 years of aviation and get everyone excited again about flying.
Retired U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-OH, was among those welcoming Travolta.
"John is not just a sometime pilot," Glenn said. "He loves to fly."
The 49-year-old actor had to go back to New Orleans after the ceremony to resume filming, but plans to return Sunday to fly his jet over the Dayton Air Show.
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