The curious case of the plane that went to Birmingham

According to the flight tracking website, a private plane flew from Columbia to Birmingham, Ala., home of the SEC offices (you know, that conference that MU is reportedly thinking about joining), on Tuesday. The plane spent about 4 1/2 hours in Birmingham before making its way back to Columbia.

Nothing, right? Planes fly everywhere all the time. This means nothing. It’s a conspiracy theory, nothing more.

But every good conspiracy has some evidence behind it, and this one is no different. The following is for your consideration:

The plane, tail number N904RB, is registered to a group called Columbia Flight Group LLC. That corporation’s listed address is 209 E. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri, which also happens to be the offices of Coil Construction Co., a Columbia-based contractor. Coil Construction was a Tiger Level (the second-highest) donor to the Tiger Scholarship Fund in 2010.

In addition, the majority of flights for aircraft N904RB are to points north of Columbia or popular vacation destinations in Florida and Texas. The PDF of the aircraft’s last four months of activity can be found here, if you’re more curious.

Wondering what the plane looks like? Here is a picture of its exterior, taken from FlightAware’s website:

The plane is a Beechcraft King Air C90. While it’s not a jet, the inside certainly looks like the inside of a private jet. The list prices online for that aircraft are between $600,000 and $900,000. Here is a picture of the inside, taken from Great Valley Air, a company that operates this model of aircraft. Granted, this is a newer model, but the point is that this plane isn’t just a cockpit on the inside. N904RB seats nine, according to the FAA’s registry.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this story as more develops. Stay tuned.

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2 Responses to The curious case of the plane that went to Birmingham

  1. Pingback: Mizzou to SEC? « Richard Fernandez

  2. Nicholas Jain says:

    The Secretary of State’s website that lists Columbia Flight Group, LLC’s registered agent as Randy Coil links the plane to Coil a little more directly than the address. But great job watching FlightAware!

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