When morning dawns on AOPA's twelfth annual Fly-In June 1, one of the most eye-catching aircraft on the static display line is sure to be the Socata Trinidad GT "Spirit of Liberty."
Socata contributed the aircraft to the Air Safety Foundation's Online Silent Auction to promote ASF's ongoing mission to promote safe skies. Outside, the "Spirit of Liberty" sports a one-of-a-kind paint scheme, depicting the flags of the United States and France draped across the aircraft, while inside it has one of the most advanced avionics suites available, including a Bendix/King KAP 150 three-axis autopilot, KMD 850 multifunction display, KLN 94 color GPS, KDR 510 weather information datalink receiver, and a Goodrich WX-500 Stormscope and Skywatch traffic advisory system.
Bidding on the aircraft, the biggest single item ever offered in the Online Silent Auction, remains open until the end of August, with the winning bidder announced at AOPA Expo in Palm Springs, California, in October. The most recent bid is more than $100,000 below list value. All proceeds above the donor's reserve will benefit ASF.
Come see what you're bidding for at this year's AOPA Fly-in!