J-F-K Junior's first plane bought by Oklahoma car dealer

Monday, September 11th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Caldwell, New Jersey-AP) -- The New York Times reports today that an Oklahoma car dealer has purchased the first airplane owned by John F. Kennedy Junior.

Jonathan Knoerdel of Tulsa will fly the plane home if his $120,000 bid is accepted by the seller, who wants to remain anonymous.

Knoerdel would pay $138,000 -- his bid plus an $18,000 auction fee. That's according to the Florida auctioneer who handled the sale at Essex County Airport.

Auctioneer Louis B. Fisher the Third says the tragedies that have befallen the Kennedy family may have kept bids lower than expected.

Fisher has said the 1977 Cessna 182-Q Skylane was owned by Kennedy from April 1998 to May 1999.

Kennedy died last year when his single-engine Piper Saratoga crashed off the coast of Martha's Vineyard with his wife and sister-in-law on board.