Air Force One's New Refrigerators Will Cost Taxpayers Nearly $24 Million

Air Force One's New Refrigerators Will Cost Taxpayers Nearly $24 Million

Air Force One's New Refrigerators Will Cost Taxpayers Nearly $24 Million

Air Force One has a total of five chillers that can store about 3,000 meals to feed up to 100 passengers and crew for weeks without resupplying, according to Defense One.

Aboulafia said the refrigerators, and many other items on the aircraft, are so expensive because they are they are unique to Air Force One and not used on commercial or business jets. The $24 million contract will cover the costs of engineering support services for the new chillers - including prototype design, manufacturing and installation, according to the DOD contract.

President Donald Trump exits Air Force One after arriving at the Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, on February 17. The refrigerators have been in use on the plane since 1990.

The fridges have been going strong since 1990, when Boeing first gifted the Air Force with the plane. "The units can't adequately bolster mission prerequisites for nourishment stockpiling", she said. However, it's not an instance of a private company getting a plump government contract, for Air Force One has some serious cooling needs.

Two galleys can provide up to 100 meals at one sitting, according to the Air Force.

"Although serviced on a regular basis, reliability has decreased with failures increasing, especially in hot/humid environments", Stefanek said.

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The current plane is set to be replaced.

The defense department did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday night, and a Boeing spokesman referred questions to the air force. But Trump, while campaigning for the presidency, criticised the planned purchase for its $4 billion price tag.

President Trump has been critical of costs associated with Air Force One in the past, calling them "out of control" just before taking office, CNN reports.

A subsequent fact-check by The Washington Post highlighted some of the inaccuracies in Trump's tweet.

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Defense One in an email that some of the equipment on board is in need of replacement because of decreasing performance.

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