Inside Led Zeppelin's Private Jet Circa 1973

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  • Inside Led Zeppelin's Private Jet Circa 1973
    POSTED Oct 02 2014
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    Led Zeppelin used to park themselves in big city hotels (New York, LA, Chicago, Dallas) and then fly in and out of the smaller cities and back that same night, ferried to and fro between hotels, airports and concert halls via a squadron of limousines.

    “The Starship,” as the former United Airlines Boeing 720 passenger jet was re-dubbed by its owners (Ward Sylvester and pop singer Bobby Sherman) had been modified at the cost of nearly a quarter of a million dollars, with the intention of renting it out to touring super-groups. Swivel chairs, a bar, and a 3/4” Sony U-matic videocassette player and TV were installed (The plane’s library contained films ranging from Deep Throat to the Marx Brothers), and a bedroom, for “privacy” was built into the back of the plane. Shag carpeting, champagne, the Starship had it all, even President Nixon’s Air Force One didn’t compare. There were two stewardesses on the plane and it cost $2500 an hour to run.

    John Bonham was once rumored to have flown the jet from Los Angeles to New York. Legend also has it that he once drunkenly tried to open the jet’s hatch to take a pee while the plane was flying over Kansas City…

    Having your own private jet these days, no big deal. Back in 1973, only demi-gods owned them…

     

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    Musician John Paul Jones of English rock band Led Zeppelin aboard with his wife Mo. (Photo by Express/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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    John Paul Jones plays a Thomas electric organ behind the bar. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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    Express reporter Colin McKenzie (centre, left) at the bar. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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    A young woman watches a video on board 'The Starship'. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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    The Starship jetliner used by Led Zeppelin during their 1973 tour (Photo by Laurance Ratner/WireImage)

    Footage shot inside Led Zeppelin’s Starship

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Led zeppelin
Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

 

via Dangerous Minds

Led Zeppelin used to park themselves in big city hotels (New York, LA, Chicago, Dallas) and then fly in and out of the smaller cities and back that same night, ferried to and fro between hotels, airports and concert halls via a squadron of limousines.

“The Starship,” as the former United Airlines Boeing 720 passenger jet was re-dubbed by its owners (Ward Sylvester and pop singer Bobby Sherman) had been modified at the cost of nearly a quarter of a million dollars, with the intention of renting it out to touring super-groups. Swivel chairs, a bar, and a 3/4” Sony U-matic videocassette player and TV were installed (The plane’s library contained films ranging from Deep Throat to the Marx Brothers), and a bedroom, for “privacy” was built into the back of the plane. Shag carpeting, champagne, the Starship had it all, even President Nixon’s Air Force One didn’t compare. There were two stewardesses on the plane and it cost $2500 an hour to run.

John Bonham was once rumored to have flown the jet from Los Angeles to New York. Legend also has it that he once drunkenly tried to open the jet’s hatch to take a pee while the plane was flying over Kansas City…

Having your own private jet these days, no big deal. Back in 1973, only demi-gods owned them…

 

Led zeppelin
Musician John Paul Jones of English rock band Led Zeppelin aboard with his wife Mo. (Photo by Express/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Led zeppelin
John Paul Jones plays a Thomas electric organ behind the bar. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
led zeppelin
Express reporter Colin McKenzie (centre, left) at the bar. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Led zeppelin
A young woman watches a video on board 'The Starship'. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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The Starship jetliner used by Led Zeppelin during their 1973 tour (Photo by Laurance Ratner/WireImage)

Footage shot inside Led Zeppelin’s Starship

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