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Take A Tour On Board Led Zeppelin's Boeing 720, Otherwise Known As 'Starship'

When Led Zeppelin toured North America for their 1973 and 1975 concert tours they chartered (did not buy or own) “The Starship.” “The Starship” was a former United Airlines Boeing 720B passenger jet bought by Bobby Sherman and his manager, Ward Sylvester, and leased to touring musical artists in the mid-1970s. Here’s the layout of “The Starship”…

The N Number was N7201U, The Serial Number was 17907, it was the first B720 built and it was delivered to United Airlines on October 1960 and then purchased in 1973 by Contemporary Entertainment. Sherman and Sylvester invested $200,000 to reduce its seating capacity to forty and to install into the main cabin a bar, seats and tables, revolving armchairs, a 30-foot-long couch, a television set and a video cassette player, complete with a well-stocked video library.

Robert Plant and Audrey Hamilton, the inspiration for “Hot Dog.”

John Paul Jones playing the bar with a built in organ

Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant Lounging.

Plant and Zeppelin’s tour manager, Richard Cole, enjoy a quiet moment in the Starship’s master bedroom.

Audrey Hamilton, this time with Jimmy Page. Apparently John Paul Jones loathed her.

At the rear of the craft were two back rooms, one with a low couch and pillows on the floor, and the other, a bedroom, complete with a white fur bedspread and shower room.

Flying on “The Starship,” Zeppelin were no longer required to change hotels so often. They could base themselves in large cities such as Chicago, New York, Dallas and Los Angeles and travel to and from concerts within flying distance. After each show, the band members would be transported direct by limousine from the concert venue to the airport, as depicted in the Led Zeppelin concert film “The Song Remains the Same.”


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