State to sell airplanes

Governor Steve Beshear announced plans Wednesday to sell two aircraft from the Commonwealth’s air fleet. The governor's office says the sale is part of a cost-saving action.

“Today I to continue my efforts to make Kentucky government efficient and lean by putting these two planes up for sale on eBay,” said Gov. Beshear. “In the coming months, I will continue to announce further efficiency measures developed by my Smart Government Initiative in order to ensure the smartest use of taxpayer dollars.”

The aircraft, which Gov. Beshear displayed during a news conference at the Capital City Airport in Frankfort, are a twin-engine, 1975 Piper Navajo and a single-engine, 1967 Cessna Skyhawk.

The Navajo was previously operated by the Kentucky State Police. The Kentucky Department of Aviation acquired it as surplus property in 1997. The Cessna, previously operated by Somerset Community College, was acquired through surplus in 1998.

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said overall use of the air fleet has declined during the Beshear administration. “We believe the Navajo and the Cessna can be sold without adversely affecting the mission of the Department of Aviation,” Hancock said.

To view the planes, visit the Division of Surplus Property’s eBay store at

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