During his 1928 campaign, president Herbert Hoover promised Americans, “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” It’s unlikely Hoover imagined that almost 100 years later some Americans would expand his transportation dream to include an airplane in every garage. Since the 1950s, when private plane ownership was still quite rare, communities catering to aviation enthusiasts and private plane owners started popping up around the country. According to the Web site Living With Your Plane, there are now over 600 registered fly-in communities in the U.S. Fly-in communities provide landing strips for residents and in many cases allow plane owners to drive their planes off the runway, down the streets, and park their flying babies in a private hangar right in their own backyard. The most famous fly-in community resident is undoubtedly actor John Travolta who lives and parks his fleet of planes, including a behemoth Boeing 707 converted from commercial airline into a flying mansion, at Jumbolair in Ocala, Fla. Photo Credit: thienzieyung
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