Pilot spends £80,000 restoring cockpit of jet and finds John Lennon's boarding pass hidden in a wall

Mail Online | 7/14/2019 | Jack Newman For Mailonline
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An aeroplane enthusiast has spent £80,000 restoring the cockpit of an old jet which he discovered once flew the Beatles after finding John Lennon's boarding pass hidden in a wall.

Nils Alegen, 37, bought the cockpit of a 1960 Sud Aviation Caravelle in August 2012 after finding it abandoned on an airfield.

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The commercial airline pilot from Munich, Germany, has spent four years lovingly restoring the 'Poitou' cockpit to working condition to use as a simulator.

Mr Alegen now takes paying customers on a 'flight' back in time to the glamorous jet age complete with canapes and champagne in the Caravelle's state-of-the-art cockpit simulator.

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During the restoration, the pilot stumbled across a boarding pass belonging to John Lennon stuffed away with a pile of papers as he ripped up the carpet.

Mr Alegen did some research and was shocked to find that the aircraft had once flown the Beatles to Paris in 1964.

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He even found a photograph of all four Beatles standing on the steps of Poitou.

The restorer believes the boarding pass was kept as a souvenir by a flight attendant who lost it in the forward galley.

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He said: 'When I disassembled the whole cockpit that boarding pass showed up together with many other papers between the cockpit and galley wall.

'The galley is located right behind the cockpit. A flight attendant must have kept it and certainly lost it at some point.'

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Mr Alegen's love of the Caravelle began as a child after his mother who worked on it as an air hostess reminisced about working in the airline industry in its heyday in the 1960s.

Inspired, he became a commercial airline pilot himself and flies all over the world.

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But at the age of 30, Mr Alegen decided to take his hobby one step further and...
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