Air Force One is apparently in need of new refrigerators. The cost to taxpayers? $24,000,000.
Under a contract with Boeing, the Air Force will pay $23,657,671 to replace only two of the plane’s five units.
According to an Air Force representative, more food storage space is needed so the plane doesn’t need restocking while in other countries.
“The [old] units were based on the technology at the time and designed for short-term food storage,” said the representative. “Although serviced on a regular basis, reliability has decreased with failures increasing, especially in hot/humid environments. The units are unable to effectively support mission requirements for food storage.”
According to Defense One, the plane needs to store at least 3,000 meals in the refrigerators. As a safety measure, meals are not prepared while the plane is abroad. The cold space is also used to store “bespoke equipment.”
Some are defending the price tag.
“It’s not a contractor issue; it is a requirements issue,” says Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group consulting firm. “It’s not getting people rich.”
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Eric Schultz, an adviser to former President Obama, says that purchase would have gone very differently in the previous administration.
we would have been impeached https://t.co/KdF82dEseH
— Eric Schultz (@EricSchultz) January 26, 2018
Trump has previously criticized the costs of Air Force One but remains quiet about the refrigerator purchase. He supposedly renegotiated a $4 billion order for a new Air Force One plane, although no evidence has ever surfaced from the deal.
In the past, Trump has also called the plane a ‘step down’ from his private plane.
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