Vermont state airplane sold at auction

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) An update to a recent WCAX special report -- "The Plane Truth." Vermont has now sold its state airplane to the highest bidder.

According to the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, the 1962 Cessna sold for $85,500 at a public auction last week.

An appraisal obtained by WCAX showed the aircraft was valued at $102,000 after the state sunk $180,000 into maintenance. The plane was purchased by Blue Sky Aviation out of Huntingburg, Indiana.

It was one the most controversial pieces of state equipment that both the current and former governors butted heads over. In the end, Governor Phil Scott decided the 118 average annual flying hours wasn't worth keeping and maintaining the aircraft.