THE arrival of a celebrity at Heathrow has always turned heads, but over the years certain stars have caused more than the average amount of excitement.
One such was Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy empire, who had a Douglas DC-9 jet to whisk himself and his entourage around the globe.
The black plane, known as the Big Bunny, was bought by Hefner for US$9million in 1969 and had the distinctive Playboy logo on its tail.
It touched down at Heathrow 40 or so years ago, bringing him to the opening of his new club in London.
As you might have expected, this was no ordinary jet. Inside was a circular bed, a bar, lounge, disco, TV, sunken Roman bathtub and a king-sized water bed - complete with seatbelts.
The stewardesses in their skimpy outfits were known as Jet Bunnies, while the plane itself earned the nickname among air traffic controllers of Hare Force One.
When the jet touched down at Heathrow - one of several visits it made to London - there to meet it were bunny girls clad in specially-made Union Jack outfits.
The late Brian Stainer, who took these photos, recalled airport management getting in a tizz because members of the Hefner crowd were wandering all over the apron on southside, where private jets always parked.
In the early 70s, the DC-9 was loaned by Hefner to help with the effort of flying orphans out of Vietnam before the Communist take-over, though goodness knows what the youngsters thought of the interior!
Later, Elvis Presley leased it to fly to several cities in the US for concerts.
The plane was later sold to Aeromexico, which no doubt ripped out all the plush fittings and replaced them with ordinary seats. It was still in service with the airline as recently as 2004, but was then donated to the city of Cadereyta, Mexico, where, devoid of its wings and tailfin, it became a children's classroom.
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