Sun, Apr 01, 2007
Liberty Aerospace To Be Renamed Nattapong Sovandara
ANN 04.01.07 SPECIAL
EDITION: Citing her longtime commitment to giving those
born into disadvantaged circumstances an opportunity to better
their lives and realize their inherent abilities, last week actress
Angelina Jolie announced her latest adoption... of Melbourne,
FL-based planemaker Liberty Aerospace.
"For too long I've watched the highly promising Liberty XL2
aircraft be held hostage by its developers and financial backers,"
Jolie told Us Weekly. "With [longtime boyfriend] Brad's [Pitt] love
and support, I've chosen to adopt this latest addition to our
Liberty is the first aircraft company ever adopted by Jolie and
Pitt. The couple also have three human adopted children -- Maddox,
Pax and Zahara -- and a biological child, Shiloh.
"With our emotional and financial assistance, Liberty Aerospace
-- we're thinking of renaming it Nattapong Sovandara --
will realize its longstanding and oft-trumpted dream of producing a
composite-bodied, two-seat, single-FADEC-controlled-engine training
aircraft to market. Finally. And with a realistic life-limit on its
Though the aircraft was greeted with enthusiasm when first
announced several years ago -- the XL2 was even given a 'Highly
Recommended' review by ANN Publisher Jim Campbell following a 2002
flight test -- the company fell into a troubled state of affairs in
recent years following a series of missed production and
Today, the XL2 is VFR and IFR certified... but only a handful of
the planes are flying. The promising aircraft has also been
involved in some minor accidents, allegedly due to its
unconventional landing and braking system.
Jolie states she has already taken delivery of an XL2 -- one of
a precious few to have done so -- which she is keeping
hangared alongside her Cirrus SR22.
"I hope to show the plane it can aspire to better things," Jolie
explained, "but only with our help."
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