From Truth Revolt: The US military is looking into buying three new airplanes to serve as Air Force One at the expense of billions of dollars. The military claims that the current Air Force One is getting old, and it’s time to upgrade the fleet.
“We’ve got a pretty good size team working on it,” said Air Force Col. Amy McCain, who is in charge of ordering the new Air Force One, according to the station.
The cost is staggering:
Budget paperwork shows the military requested from Congress $102 million this year to buy the planes, with the numbers growing to more than $3 billion over the next five years. Those numbers do not include the final three years of the project, CBS reported.
Can tax payers afford it?
“The current airplane was fielded in 1991,” McCain said. “It’s the only 747-200 left in the United States that is flying. So it costs a lot more time and money to keep that airplane flying than it used to. It’s actually cheaper in the long run to replace it.”
“The top priority is an affordable aircraft that will meet the presidential requirements,” McCain said. “We’re buying up to three. It depends on all the availability of having two airplanes available for the president at any one time.”