When it’s not serving as former House Majority Leader Jimmy Merrill’s Lobbyist Sky Taxi (or the preferred mode of transportation for the Mark Sanford “Forgiveness Tour“), “Palmetto One” is supposed to be used by South Carolina leaders for important state business.
That’s why the taxpayers pay for a “state plane” in the first place, people.
Unfortunately, the plane is rarely used for “important state business” – as both state lawmakers and the ostensibly frugal Sanford have repeatedly demonstrated.
Anyway, “Palmetto One” has been burning up the sky miles in recent days, traveling from Columbia to Atlanta to Nashville to Florence back to Columbia, then to Atlanta and back, then to Sumter and most recently to tiny Spence airport near Moultrie, Georgia.
And that’s just since 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning …
So who’s been flying your friendly, taxpayer-funded skies lately? And why?
FITS has inquiries into the S.C. Aeronautics Commission (which is actually one of the better agencies when it comes to providing records to the public) so we’ll be sure to let you know what we find out …
FlightAware “Palmetto One” Flight Log