Air Force One

Steel Soapbox.. Air Force One

In response to the following

Air Force Stumped by Trump’s Claim of $1 Billion Savings on Jet

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-22/air-force-stumped-by-trump-s-claim-of-1-billion-savings-on-jet

Sigh this one just boggles the mind

Okay the facts: first off there is no 4 billion plus price tag for ONE plane

Second there is no ONE plane but two and a third is considered … there never been just ONE Air Force One… Think maintenance…..

Third the plane’s 30 year life will be coming up and thus why the two new planes were ordered by Obama that in effect would be used not by him but the president in 2024… that is called simple logic, planes age and we do not want a president running around on a derelict…

Fourth… okay the cost…. The cost that was approved and budgeted is 3.73 billion over the next 12 year… got that over a 12 year span of time..

here are the next 5 years:
$351.2 million in Fiscal Year 2017
$625.6 million in Fiscal Year 2018
$741 million in Fiscal Year 2019
$573.7 million in Fiscal Year 2020
$487.3 million in Fiscal Year 2021

Now why Boeing was selected because it use of US parts for configuration…. Also note Boeing just builds the body, those expensive parts that run up the bill are all the security and electronic that are subcontracted out to other companies…

Now that the facts are clear… we must remember this is not a plane…. it is a mobile command center, in case of an emergency it must be able to stay in the air for hours… it also must be able to communicate during an emergency and protect the command structure of the US…

face it this costs money and while yes the planes are expensive we need these to continue the line of command in case of whatever … heck of a lot more than a silly wall for sure and it is cheaper by far

Sources:
Air Force Stumped by Trump’s Claim of $1 Billion Savings on Jet
https://www.bloomberg.com/…/air-force-stumped-by-trump-s-cl…

White House Seeking New Air Force One
http://www.military.com/…/white-house-seeking-new-air-force…

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s tweet on Air Force One, Boeing
http://www.politifact.com/…/fact-checking-donald-trumps-tw…/

Fact Checking Trump’s $4B Boeing Tweet: Where That Number Came From and What the Contract Says
http://abcnews.go.com/…/fact-checking-trumps-4b-boei…/story…

Mr. Trump: Here’s Why You Really Want to Spend $4 Billion on Air Force One
https://www.wired.com/…/mr-trump-heres-really-want-spend-4…/

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One part of my life is in the science of anthropology and archaeology where I did comparative work. My other life that I am now pursuing is writing along the lines of fantasy/sci fi fictional writing as my one way to stay sane in this other insane world. Please enjoy the selections you will find in my blog.
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