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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.

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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.



Source of News & File Photograph:

Office of the Governor


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