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White House's $17 billion helicopter fleet
Yahoo News ^ | 9 May 2014 | Kyle Mizokami

Posted on 05/09/2014 5:32:18 PM PDT by mandaladon

The Pentagon has awarded a contract to begin development of the most expensive helicopters ever made.

Each helicopter will probably cost at least $400 million. The entire project, to build at least 23 helicopters, has been estimated to eventually cost between $10 billion to $17 billion. By comparison, the project could pay the combined defense budgets of Finland, Norway, and Sweden for one year ($16.9 billion). The passengers for this enormously expensive helicopter fleet? The President of the United States and his entourage.

The first president to fly regularly in helicopters was Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower faced a two-hour commute to and from his summer home in Rhode Island, a commute that could be shaved down considerably if taken by helicopter. In these early days of the Cold War the president needed to be moved around quickly—the president could not be stuck on a ferry for an hour in case the Soviet Union launched a nuclear attack. The South Lawn of the White House was designated as the official presidential helicopter landing pad, and official flights to Andrews Air Force Base began.

A Marine Corps helicopter squadron, HMX-1 (“The Knighthawks”) is responsible for flying and maintaining the fleet of presidential helicopters. The current Marine One helicopters are derivatives of the Sikorsky Sea King helicopter, which was phased out of the U.S. military during the 1990s. Those currently flying were built somewhere around 1975, making them only 14 years younger than President Obama himself. In 2002, the U.S. government solicited proposals for replacing the Sea Kings with a new, modern helicopter. In the wake of 9/11, with concerns about terrorist attacks against the president, the call went out for a helicopter that could fend off a terrorist shoulder-fired surface to air missile and keep functioning in the wake of a nuclear attack

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hillary; obama
"Finally, the president’s helicopter must include a toilet."...........So Obama won't crap in his pants if Putin declares war
1 posted on 05/09/2014 5:32:18 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

They’re gonna make a lot of runs to the golf course.


2 posted on 05/09/2014 5:34:57 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: mandaladon

And a gyro stabalized pray rug to face east


3 posted on 05/09/2014 5:35:37 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: mandaladon
Even President Obama seemed bewildered by the runaway program. “The helicopter I have seems perfectly adequate to me," Obama said. "Of course, I've never had a helicopter before. Maybe I've been deprived and I didn't know it.”..................Yes Obama has been deprived and now he's making up for it.
4 posted on 05/09/2014 5:35:45 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: Farmer Dean
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5 posted on 05/09/2014 5:38:50 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: mandaladon

6 posted on 05/09/2014 5:42:00 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Farmer Dean
 photo article-0-1B3F444A000005DC-810_634x476.jpg................Is he a clown or what?
7 posted on 05/09/2014 5:42:59 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: JoeProBono

So not worthy of this hardware


8 posted on 05/09/2014 5:43:52 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: al baby

400 million bucks per copy would buy a bunch of 747’s or even 777’s.


9 posted on 05/09/2014 5:46:11 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: mandaladon

10 posted on 05/09/2014 5:46:32 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: mandaladon
Is he a clown or what?

He is not a clown. Clowns are well educated, smart people, trained in psychology and acting. Some clowns learn physically demanding stunts. Clowns work hard to bring fun and happiness to the world.

Now compare to Obama...

11 posted on 05/09/2014 5:49:56 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: mandaladon
or what....might come ...closer




12 posted on 05/09/2014 6:29:26 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Greysard

ahahah PLEASE see above


13 posted on 05/09/2014 6:29:52 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon

Will these choppers be built while he’s still in office? If not I understand why he says what he has is adequate.


14 posted on 05/09/2014 7:23:05 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: mandaladon
Tell me we obey the Constitution and don't issue Titles of Nobility. At least 80% percent of the bells and whistles aren't in any way reasonable, they're being added because they can be added and there's probably a cost plus clause in the contract somewhere that makes driving the cost up one of the goals.

Having one of these at your disposal will be the premier perk the Prez passes out to the likes of Reid and Pelosi or whoever the top Congress Critters are when they're delivered. They need a dozen at most and the rest are to pass out to the Nobles in Congress that kiss the Presidents butt or to "visiting dignitaries" like scum from Hollywood or athletes the President has over to the Whitehouse.

My bet is there will be a constant shuttle of these things between New York and Washington and it won't be the President making the commute.

15 posted on 05/09/2014 7:26:27 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: mandaladon

per the norway/sweden/etc military for one year....

that’s not impressive considering sweden’s air force is only working during 9-5 pm. also given they’ve counted on us for decades to protect them via nato and our military assets over there.


16 posted on 05/09/2014 7:38:27 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: mandaladon

As with “The Beast” and many other systems used by the Executive, I don’t really have a problem with this. These systems will protect the valuable adult President we’ll eventually have, just as they protect the buffoons and intellectual lightweights who don’t really deserve to hold the office. This is something needed. Even though the Marine One fleet isn’t used all that much, the airframe and drivetrain are getting old, and some of the new needed capabilities are beyond the aircraft’s capacity. Just as new warships are being fitted with far more powerful generators to power all the new electronics, so it’s time to give the Executive the tools needed to function in a crisis situation.


17 posted on 05/09/2014 8:45:43 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: mandaladon

His **dog** had his own OSPREY TILT-ROTAR.

Did anyone forget that...?


18 posted on 05/09/2014 8:50:45 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: mandaladon
Does it come with a little more headroom?


19 posted on 05/09/2014 9:10:31 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Little Pig

I wonder if Hillary will demand hers be painted pink?


20 posted on 05/10/2014 4:29:42 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: mandaladon

Obama administration to spend $20 BILLION on helicopter program to replace his private fleet of 23 choppers – but they won’t be ready until 2022
The tab for a new helicopter fleet will likely top $20 billion, including $3 billion spent between 2005 and 2009 on a program that was later canceled
The new contract will buy 23 SIkorsky helicopters at an estimated cost of $400 million each – about the cost of the Air Force One 747 jet
Duplicate choppers fly as decoys whenever a president takes off from the South Lawn; others are flown to Obama’s travel destinations in advance
Just one company bid on the project, raising questions about whether the Navy got a fair price
A former senior Pentagon official said for the price, the new aircraft should have a ‘solid gold toilet ... except that it would add too much weight’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2624495/Obama-administration-green-lights-20-BILLION-helicopter-program-replace-presidents-private-chopper-fleet-wont-ready-2022.html#ixzz31JN1RoO2
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21 posted on 05/10/2014 4:30:38 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: mandaladon

$3B had already been spent on this by the time of its first cancellation in 2009—so it sounds like it was originally a Bush expenditure.


22 posted on 05/10/2014 4:33:21 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: mandaladon

HARTFORD — A 14-year, $400 million bundle of tax incentives for aerospace giant United Technologies Corp. was overwhelmingly approved in the House on Thursday, amid muted criticism that lawmakers are picking winners and losers in the state’s lagging economy.

The deal includes $20 million a year over the first five years in credits for corporate and sales taxes as part of a calculus involving research-and-development expenses, capital costs, employment levels and total payroll.

For years five through 14 of the deal, $33.3 million a year would be available under the program, which would be administered by the state Department of Economic and Community Development. In exchange, UTC would invest $500 million in capital projects, including a new headquarters in East Hartford and a new 500,000-square-foot customer training center in Windsor Locks.

As part of the deal, announced earlier this year by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, UTC’s Sikorsky Aircraft would remain in Stratford for five years in exchange for $50 million in tax credits. The complicated deal has to be completed by June 30 of next year.

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/UTC-tax-incentives-also-benefit-Sikorsky-5411208.php

REVOLVING DOOR
50 out of 64 United Technologies lobbyists in 2013 have previously held government jobs

http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000209

MEMBERS WHO OWN UNITED TECHNOLOGIES SHARES: 24
Boehner, John (R-OH)
Buchanan, Vernon (R-FL)
Camp, Dave (R-MI)
Collins, Susan M (R-ME)
Fitzpatrick, Michael G (R-PA)
Frankel, Lois J (D-FL)
Hagan, Kay R (D-NC)
Harkin, Tom (D-IA)
Hatch, Orrin G (R-UT)
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)
Kelly, Mike (R-PA)
Kennedy, Joe III (D-MA)
King, Angus (I-ME)
Larson, John B (D-CT)
Marchant, Kenny (R-TX)
McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)
McCaul, Michael (R-TX)
Price, David (D-NC)
Renacci, Jim (R-OH)
Rogers, Hal (R-KY)
Sensenbrenner, F James Jr (R-WI)
Sessions, Pete (R-TX)
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI)
Yarmuth, John A (D-KY)


23 posted on 05/10/2014 4:49:15 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: mandaladon

Friggin’ Welfare Queens.


24 posted on 05/10/2014 4:50:32 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: VerySadAmerican
Will these choppers be built while he’s still in office? If not I understand why he says what he has is adequate

Read the article. First one won't be delivered until 2022.

25 posted on 05/10/2014 5:15:13 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: VerySadAmerican
Will these choppers be built while he’s still in office?

Nope.

From the article at the LINK:

"One thing’s for sure, though: President Obama himself will never ride on one, except as a guest. The fleet of new presidential helicopters should be fully operational by 2022, long after Obama has left office."

26 posted on 05/10/2014 7:42:06 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Rashputin

The helicopters won’t be in service until 2022. Unless Obama declares himself dictator, he won’t be using them to transport anyone in particular.


27 posted on 05/10/2014 7:43:42 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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