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Re: Holy Starship Batman!


The first paying passengers were the members of Led Zeppelin, who hopped aboard in July 1973. At the time, they were the biggest band in the world, and they celebrated in standard fashion. They painted their name across the fuselage, snorted cocaine with rolled-up hundreds and treated the master suite like a pay-by-the-hour motel. In Cole's words, the jet became ''a floating gin palace.'' Zeppelin's drummer, John Bonham, known as Bonzo, was the resident loon -- ''He once tried to open the plane's door over Kansas City because he had to pee,'' remembers Suzee Carnel, one of the flight attendants -- and John Paul Jones, the band's bassist-keyboardist, acted as piano man, entertaining the revolving cast of hangers-on with pub songs like ''I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts.''