The management for the Air Force One program is right here in Dayton. Our friends and neighbors (and even a political candidate) work hard to maintain and keep Air Force One flying- but, here is a story about them spending $24 million dollars on some refrigerators. That’s right- refrigerators.
The Boeing Company was awarded a nearly $24 million contract in December to engineer the refrigerators for Air Force One, the Defense Department said.
The two units being replaced came with the aircraft in 1990 and are no longer able “to effectively support mission requirements for food storage,” the Air Force said in a statement on Saturday.
“The units were based on the technology at the time and designed for short-term food storage,” the statement said. “Although serviced on a regular basis, reliability has decreased with failures increasing.”
Perhaps in anticipation of taxpayer sticker shock, the Air Force also said “the engineering required to design, manufacture, conduct environmental testing and obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification” were all included in the cost.
The contract — for $23,657,671 — says that work on the units is expected to be completed by Oct. 30, 2019.
Air Force One must be able to feed passengers and crew for weeks without resupplying, according to the news website Defense One.
According to the site, that would require storing about 3,000 meals in huge refrigerators and freezers below the passenger cabin.
Two galleys can provide up to 100 meals at one sitting, according to the Air Force.
The simple cost effective solution is one that every grunt has had to endure- they are called “Meals Ready to Eat” and require absolutely zero refrigeration. You can pack a whole bunch in the space where the fridges are, and they have a shelf life approaching the half life of the nuclear war the president seems so intent on starting.
As to feeding all the straphangers with the fake news organizations- MREs are pretty close to fake food- so they are only fitting for the fake news folks.
There is no excuse for spending $24 million on special refrigerators. In fact, MRE’s may be too nice for these folks- PB&J and some government welfare cheese would be even more appropriate.
Program managers at WPAFB- look out, soon you may hear “You’re fired” for this boondoggle expense.
And Boeing, maybe we really should be buying from Airbus.
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