Walnut Ridge signs over city-owned helicopter

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) - Walnut Ridge has signed a bill of sale for its city-owned helicopter, even though the city doesn't have ownership of a small airplane it received in exchange.

According to The Jonesboro Sun (, Mayor Don House says he signed the bill of sale for the Bell OH-58A military helicopter to Miles Flying Service of Bono. But council members questioned the deal, noting that the city still doesn't have the title for the 1964 Piper Cub airplane it received in exchange.

The swap came under fire last year when it was revealed that the helicopter is worth $100,000 while the plane is valued at about $20,000. Walnut Ridge's council never voted to approve the swap.

An alderman arranged the deal, saying that the city needed an airplane to spray for mosquitoes.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun,

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