Air Force One Fridge Replacement To Cost $24 Million, Store 3,000 Meals

Air Force One is in need of new refrigerators to the tune of $24 million, but an industry expert swears it's not just price gouging by greedy Boeing, reports Defense One.

"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."

Stringent requirements by The White House Military Office and the Air Force are the cause. While the Air Force One galley is fairly large, Air Force One houses giant, unseen refrigerators and freezers below the passenger cabin, giving the President's official airliner the ability to store 3,000 meals - enough to feed passengers and crew for weeks if necessary. 

The project is expected to be completed in 2019 - five years before two new Air Force One replacements are slated to roll out.

Air Force One Galley

And despite the refrigerators utilizing "available industry technology," they must be highly customized. One Air Force spokesman noted "The engineering required to design, manufacture, conduct environmental testing and obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification are included in the cost."

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.

The refrigerators on the plane date to 1990, when the Air Force received the customized 747 from Boeing. -Defense One

Although serviced on a regular basis, reliability has decreased with failures increasing, especially in hot/humid environments, Air Force spokesman Ann Stefanek said in an email to Defense One. "The units are unable to effectively support mission requirements for food storage." In December of 2016, then President-elect Trump picked a fight with Boeing over its $4 billion Obama-era contract to replace Air Force One. After the President tweeted his opposition to the deal, the Air Force bought two undelivered Boeing 747-8 intercontinental aircraft originally destined for a bankrupt Russian firm (Transaero). 

Hopefully they won't have lithium ion batteries, assuming of course Trump is a two-term President.

And in what was perhaps a little "art of the deal" meets "the Apprentice," less than three months after the U.S. Government placed their new, double order of cheaper Air Force Ones - Trump made a very public showing of Boeing Commercial Airlines CEO Kevin McAllister and Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong shaking hands in the White House's Roosevelt Room over a $14 billion deal to supply 39 airplanes.

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong, Boeing commercial airplanes CEO Kevin McAllister

Trump touted the deal as a boon for US employment "In terms of the orders it's about $13.8 billion and most importantly it's about 70,000 jobs."


ed31337 SickDollar Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:50 Permalink

Why don't they just fix the fridge they've already got? It sounds like it's not even broken, just clogged up with dust and lint making the condensor coils incapable of expelling enough heat when operating in hot/humid environments. Whip out a leaf blower and blow that shit out. If that don't work, get in there with a brush and wet rag.

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null J S Bach Thu, 01/25/2018 - 20:30 Permalink

It’s not about that. It’s a military PR expense.

Now if you don’t like the guy doing the expensing, fine; if you don’t like US military, fine; but call it what it is, not a waste. It is cheap at that price to imply and get attention about the fact that he can fly around while the bombs are going off, pr.

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Parrotile null Fri, 01/26/2018 - 03:38 Permalink

Why is there this "need" for storage of 3000 frozen meals?

The only reasonable explanation is the failure of US "diplomacy" resulting in a WW3 like scenario.

The US Population are in effect rewarding those who failed miserably, with fine dining, whilst what remains of the population is literally going to be enjoying a hand to mouth existence.

This is the same league of "exceptionalism" as the assured comfortable (nay. luxurious!) bunker accommodation available to those with influence, whilst those whose efforts provided this opulence will be conveniently discarded - "Useless eaters" being the term used  by "Dr" Henry Kissenger  (who's track record is well known).…

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logicalman IH8OBAMA Thu, 01/25/2018 - 21:32 Permalink

Let's not fuck about.

Think of the savings if the senate and congress were to vanish.

The fuckers produce nothing but problems and cost the average Joe a fucking fortune.

Real money, honest exchange and a symmetrically applied system of law would make government redundant.

An added benefit would be a large number of unproductive lawyers and bureaucrats being forced to finally do something useful.

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nmewn Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:51 Permalink

And two scoops moar dammit!


Now wat?! He's like "sort of a god hovering over the world" ain't he?


"I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God." - Evan Thomas

Apparently to be a humorless leftist, you have to have the memory of a gnat ;-)

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:57 Permalink

How much does it cost to keep those old teletypes repaired? Oh, you haven't heard that teletypes are kept onboard AF1? Oh yes and also on AF2! Why? For emergency communications in case of an EMP or electromagnetic pulse from the Sun that disrupts comm gear.