The sight of a Boeing 727 plane being driven down a motorway is not something you see every day.
But that is what confronted motorists on the M5, M4 and M32 on Saturday, who witnessed the decommissioned jet crawling along at a steady 20mph with a police escort.
It began its journey from Cotswold Airport at 9am before arriving at the headquarters of media and tech firm Pytch in Bristol.
The 40m plane was built in 1968 and remained in operation until 2012, when it was transported to the private airport near the Gloucestershire village of Kemble to be repurposed.
In 2018, Pytch founder Johnny Palmer applied to acquire the disused aircraft and later secured consent from Bristol City Council last October.
Originally sold for £50million when swapping from Japan Airlines to private ownership in the 1970s, Palmer was able to buy the aircraft for under £100,000 due to its lack of engine and wings.
The jet, dubbed ‘Pytch Air’, is set to be used as a unique office space for the technology company.
Pytch has used the transportation of the aircraft to help raise funds for Somerset-based charity Great Western Air Ambulance, which receives no day-to-day funding from the Government or National Lottery.
The air ambulance charity needs £4million annually in order to stay operational.
Palmer said: ‘Our virtual events studios have been getting busy since Covid and we need more space at Pytch.
‘So rather than do resource and carbon intensive construction, we decided to re-purpose the icon of unsustainable hyper-consumption, the airliner private jet, while having some fun along the way.’
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