Shut the Fridge Door! Air Force ices $24M deal for Air Force One refrigerators

Phil Briggs
June 11, 2018 - 3:04 pm

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The U.S. Air Force has cancelled a $24 million contract awarded to Boeing for new refrigerators on Air Force One, according to the Washington Post.

Like those pungent leftovers, forgotten in the office fridge, Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney said the single-source contract, “just didn’t pass the smell test." Courtney is the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Sea power and Projection Forces, which oversees the Air Force One program.

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In a letter to Courtney, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the Air Force decided to chill-out on the purchase, until the new Air Force One planes are delivered, which is expected to be in 2024. (Boeing reached a deal earlier this year to build replacements for the presidential planes for $3.9 billion, after President Trump threatened to cancel the program because of high costs.)

According to Military Times, Wilson also stated, if the delivery of the new presidential planes is delayed, the Air Force and the White House Military Office may need to defrost this decision and buy new refrigerators.

The original deal had the Air Force paying Boeing $23,657,671 for two refrigerator units. So, what kind refrigerators are worth roughly $12 million?

The refrigerators on Air Force One are required to carry 3,000 meals in order to feed passengers and crew for four weeks. (That’s one long ass flight)

According to CNN, some of the refrigeration units have been in use since 1990 and have begun to deteriorate. Earlier this year, Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek told CNN that they are “unable to effectively support mission requirements for food storage.”

As cost-conscious shoppers ourselves, we looked into POTUS worthy refrigerators, and here’s what we found:

Sweet Deal around 3K … There's a fridge with a built-in ice cream maker.

For just over 3K you can get one that makes coffee …

For over 6K you can get the world’s smartest fridge

But this may be the Greatest “Fridge” ever made ...

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