Two State Aircraft To Be Auctioned

Kentucky is putting two surplus airplanes up for auction on eBay. 

Gov. Steve Beshear says the twin-engine, 1975 Piper Navajo and the single-engine, 1967 Cessna Skyhawk are both in excellent condition, but no longer needed.

“We did an assessment of all of the aircraft before we made this decision and we were assured by the Justice Cabinet, as well as the Department of Aviation and others, that these two planes were no longer needed and we could dispose of them and realize whatever monies we could from them, and cut off the expense of maintaining them,” he said. 

Beshear says the Navajo was used by Kentucky State Police, and Somerset Community College flew the Cessna.  Both were bought as surplus in the late 1990’s.  Beshear says the state’s reserve price must be met before the planes will be sold, but he wouldn’t speculate on how much revenue they may raise at auction.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.