$24 Million Refrigerators? Why Air Force One's Upgrade Is So Pricey

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According to a report in United States national security publication Defense One, American taxpayers will foot the enormous bill for Air Force One's new refrigerators, fulfilling the requirement to feed passengers and crew for weeks without having to resupply. "It's not getting people rich".

As the plane itself is a mobile command station for the President, the aircraft must be able to feed passengers and crew for weeks at a time without resupplying in the event of an emergency, storing about 3,000 meals in massive cooling units below the passenger cabin.

Eric Schultz, an aide and deputy press secretary for former President Barack Obama, said "we would have been impeached" if that administration had spent millions replacing refrigerators on Air Force One, The Hill reported Friday.

The fridges have been going strong since 1990, when Boeing first gifted the Air Force with the plane.

The work is expected to be finished in October 2019.

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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.

Eric Shultz, who served as an advisor to former USA president Barack Obama, says his administration would have been in big trouble if this had happened while they were running the show.

Stefanek said although the chillers use "available industry technology", they are created to hold 70 cubic feet of refrigerated storage. Boeing declined to comment on the deal, referring all questions to the Air Force.

In December 2016, Trump claimed he would cancel the creation of Boeing's new 747-8 models becuase "costs are out of control". 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.

Trump's trip to Yuma, Arizona in August, where he attended a campaign rally and met with Marines, cost taxpayers more than $1.5 million, according to Judicial Watch.