Westwind II Jet
Sold to Valdez Businessman
August 25, 2007
(SitNews) - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced Friday the
sale of the state's Westwind II jet. The aircraft was sold to
Valdez businessman Larry Reynolds for $2,100,000. Several attempts
to sell the jet on eBay were unsuccessful.
Westwind II Jet Sold
to Valdez Businessman
File photograph courtesy Office of the Governor
The jet was purchased for $2,692,600 in November 2005 by the
Murkowski administration. Since then, the state has been
paying it off at a rate of $62,492.79 per quarter. Governor
Palin has never used the jet.
"From the beginning of
my administration, no state agencies have ever used or requested
use of the jet," said Governor Palin. "If the Department
of Public Safety decides at a future date that it needs another
aircraft, we will invest in something more sensible that can
land on Alaska's rural airstrips. Any purchase, if deemed necessary,
will go through the normal legislative budget process."
The jet is currently parked in a hangar in Anchorage. Reynolds
is expected to take custody of the aircraft this week.
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