We all know John Travolta, the actor. Now meet Travolta, the flyer. Travolta has been an avid flyer since the age of 16. He turned down the lead in An Officer and a Gentleman, a part reportedly written for him because the shooting clashed with his attendance of American Airlines’ month long jet pilot training school. Apparently, flying nearly cost him his life too. In 1995, Travolta who was piloting his own plane, lost electrical power over Washington DC and had a mid-air near miss with a commercial jetliner. Incidentally, Travlota’s role in An Officer and a Gentleman went to Richard Gere whose earlier two big film roles Days of Heaven and American Gigolo were also turned down by Travolta.