I’M LEAVING ON A BECK PLANE
For the Right Price, You Can Buy Glenn Beck’s Private Jet
The conservative media firebrand, who has been in talks to sell his right-leaning media site The Blaze, has put his private jet on the market.
Glenn Beck, then enigmatic conservative media firebrand, appears to be selling off his assets as his media enterprise downsizes.
Earlier this year, Beck engaged in conversations with popular right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro to buy or partner with Beck’s right-leaning news network The Blaze, which has been hit with several rounds of massive layoffs over the past three years.
Now, he’s getting rid of his plane.
According to Federal Aviation Administration records and a listing on Controller, a site that sells used aircraft, Beck recently put his 1966 DC9-15, up for sale. The jet for sale on Controller has the registration number N8860. The FAA’s website shows that that registration number is assigned to an aircraft that belongs to Mercury Radio Arts, Beck’s radio production company. The asking price for the plane is not listed.
The listing for the two engine plane that’s ferried Beck from his home in Texas to New York boasts of “2014 custom paint,” and “2014 airframe and engine inspections,” among other features.
Beck’s opulent spending habits have been a source of consternation at his media empire. Employees at The Blaze previously lamented that Beck bought a Maybach sedan and kept his jet—which was expensive to operate and maintain—amid massive layoffs at the company in 2015. The jet was purchased by Beck’s radio company, Mercury Radio Arts, that same year from right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife for a million dollars. It had once been adorned with a skull-and-crossbones on the tail.
Beck did not return a request for comment.
Beck has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration, and campaigned with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Since Trump’s election, The Blaze has seen a notable traffic decline and has severely downsized its staff.
Beck has previously criticized members of congress who’ve supported tax carve-outs for private jet travel, and has railed against environmentalists who fly in private jets. But he is a long-established champion of that particular form of travel. In a 2014 open letter to his daughter, Beck said private air travel is the only luxury that would improve her life.
“Private jet travel is the only material thing that can actually change your life,” Beck said, according to his personal website. “However, refined manner, gentleness, meekness, kindness, will be the only currency of any true value.”