The Air Force may be prepping the next jets that will serve as Air Force One, but it will be years before they're ready to take to the skies. In the meantime, the aging VC-25As that currently do the job need some upkeep to make it to the finish line. The latest tune-up? New refrigerators that .
A contract for $23,657,671, awarded to Boeing, will cover two identical fridges, one for each of the jets that serve as Air Force One when the president is on board. And while that may sound like a pretty penny, it's a drop in the bucket compared to the initial $4 billion estimate for two new jets, over which President Trump has expressed his dismay.
The price tag is giant for a reason. Air Force One needs something much more sophisticated than a mini-fridge for ginger ales. , the custom-made refrigerators have a 70 cubic foot capacity, designed to hold as many as 3,000 meals beneath the passenger cabin. After all, Air Force One is designed to be a flying White House that can stay in the air indefinitely by means of aerial refueling, but that's not a whole lot of good if you run out of food in an afternoon.
The new, monster fridges are expected to be finished by October 30th, 2019.