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Manuals For Trump’s New Air Force One Cost Taxpayers $84 Million: Report


Manuals For Trump’s New Air Force One Cost Taxpayers $84 Million: Report

The new Air Force One instruction manuals will cost the US another $84 million, close to the cost of a F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, reports Business Insider.

The manuals, which are expected to be completed by January 2025, include more than 100,000 pages with the specifications for flying the plane as well as fixing it, according to Defense One.

“This contract modification is to modify commercial manuals, update with VC-25B-specific information and deliver integrated manuals for the VC-25B system,” the Air Force contract announcement states, referring to the military designation of the next Air Force One aircraft.

“This includes manuals developed by both Boeing and their subcontractors,” it added.

The Hill reports:

President Trump has prioritized buying a new Air Force One since 2016, before he moved into the White House. He previously said that the then-$4.4 billion price tag was “out of control” and made a deal with former Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg in 2018 to cut the price down to $3.9 billion.

The Air Force later revealed that the price tag did not include all aspects of the project, Defense One noted. Another $1.4 billion will go toward building a new aircraft hangar at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington D.C., as well as testing, spare parts and training exercises.

Altogether, the project is estimated to cost $5.3 billion, with the $84 million manuals included in that estimate, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Defense One.


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