By Sahid Fawaz
The next time a Republican says that the country is too broke for [insert a basic human service here], remind him or her that we didn’t seem to be broke when President Donald Trump wanted fridge replacements.
“Air Force One needs new refrigerators, an upgrade that will cost taxpayers nearly $24 million.
Their high cost is the latest example of just how expensive it is to build the heavily modified 747 jumbo jets that fly the president of the United States. Experts say the reason isn’t price gouging by Boeing, which makes the jets and handles the presidential modifications, but instead the result of bespoke equipment requirements put in place by the White House Military Office and the Air Force.
‘It’s not a contractor issue, it is a requirements issue,’ said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group consulting firm. ‘It’s not getting people rich.’
The new refrigerators aren’t your kitchen Frigidaires, or even a typical jetliner’s cabin-feeding coolboxes. The requirement for Air Force One is the ability to feed passengers and crew for weeks without resupplying. That means storing about 3,000 meals in massive refrigerators and freezers below the passenger cabin. Five ‘chillers’ cool a total of 26 climate-controlled compartments, according to the Air Force.
In December, the Air Force awarded Boeing a $23.7 million contract to replace two of the chillers, which cool eight compartments. Boeing declined to comment on the deal, referring all questions to the Air Force.”
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