State plane is sold to US firm for spare parts
A PLANE which spent decades working alongside the government jet has ended its days broken up for spare parts in America.
The Beechcraft Super King Air plane, which ferried ministers around at a cost of €1,700 an hour, had been in service since 1978.
It had been in storage for three years before being offered for sale by the Department of Defence -- with no guarantee that it would be able to fly.
In the end, that didn't matter to US firm Davis Aviation of Mississippi, which specialises in providing spare parts for King Air aircraft.
The Department of Defence said yesterday that the plane was sold to Davis Aviation for €231,007 and shipped to the US.