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New Air Force cargo planes fly straight into mothballs | Fox News

The Pentagon is sending $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report.

A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and five more currently under construction are likely headed for the same fate, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News. The Air Force has spent $567 million on 21 of the planes since 2007, according to purchasing officials at Dayton’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Of those, 16 have been delivered – with almost all sent directly to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, where some 4,400 aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles, with a total value of more than $35 billion, sit unused.

The C-27J has the unique capability of taking off and landing on crude runways, Ethan Rosenkranz, national security analyst at the Project on Government Oversight, told the newspaper. But with sequestration dictating Pentagon cuts, the planes were deemed a luxury it couldn't afford.

“When they start discarding these programs, it's wasteful,” he said.

The planes are built by Rome-based Alenia Aermacchi, under what was initially a $2 billion contract, though that was scaled back.

Local politics appear to have played a role in the planes continued manufacture, according to the newspaper. Ohio's senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, were both defenders of the C-27J when 800 jobs and a mission at Mansfield Air National Guard Base depended on it. Brown urged the military in a 2011 letter to purchase up to 42 of the aircraft, saying too few planes "will weaken our national and homeland defense." Congress pulled the plug on the broader expenditure.

But canceling orders for planes already being built is not feasible -- even if they are not needed, according to Air Force spokesman Darryl Mayer.

"They are too near completion for a termination to be cost effective and other government agencies have requested the aircraft," Mayer told the paper.
 

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New Air Force cargo planes fly straight into mothballs | Fox News

The Pentagon is sending $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report.

A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and five more currently under construction are likely headed for the same fate, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News. The Air Force has spent $567 million on 21 of the planes since 2007, according to purchasing officials at Dayton’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Of those, 16 have been delivered – with almost all sent directly to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, where some 4,400 aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles, with a total value of more than $35 billion, sit unused.

The C-27J has the unique capability of taking off and landing on crude runways, Ethan Rosenkranz, national security analyst at the Project on Government Oversight, told the newspaper. But with sequestration dictating Pentagon cuts, the planes were deemed a luxury it couldn't afford.

“When they start discarding these programs, it's wasteful,” he said.

The planes are built by Rome-based Alenia Aermacchi, under what was initially a $2 billion contract, though that was scaled back.

Local politics appear to have played a role in the planes continued manufacture, according to the newspaper. Ohio's senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, were both defenders of the C-27J when 800 jobs and a mission at Mansfield Air National Guard Base depended on it. Brown urged the military in a 2011 letter to purchase up to 42 of the aircraft, saying too few planes "will weaken our national and homeland defense." Congress pulled the plug on the broader expenditure.

But canceling orders for planes already being built is not feasible -- even if they are not needed, according to Air Force spokesman Darryl Mayer.

"They are too near completion for a termination to be cost effective and other government agencies have requested the aircraft," Mayer told the paper.
Geez we used to have a great aerospace industry in socal now we support the WORLD with U.S. citizens tax dollars while so many U.S. citizens sit at home collecting unemployment, disability, welfare or nothing....BBD
 

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Two things that really bother me...

No accountability in government. No one will be held responsible for this mess.

And WTF are we buying planes from Italy??? :)hammers
 

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The Coast Guard bought a whole bunch of >FRENCH< Helos(HH-65) and A/C(HU-25)....Heres a question; How many french autos can you buy in America? None, because the French SUCK at building & designing stuff...Great artists, lousy assembly line workers and engineers. You don't want to know how much maintenance is done, fixing stuff, nor how much those french parts cost us.....INSANE!
 

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The Coast Guard bought a whole bunch of >FRENCH< Helos(HH-65) and A/C(HU-25)....Heres a question; How many french autos can you buy in America? None, because the French SUCK at building & designing stuff...Great artists, lousy assembly line workers and engineers. You don't want to know how much maintenance is done, fixing stuff, nor how much those french parts cost us.....INSANE!
Agreed. They don't do so well at war either. ;) And you are right.... I really don't want to know!!! :angry:
 

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The Coast Guard bought a whole bunch of >FRENCH< Helos(HH-65) and A/C(HU-25)....Heres a question; How many french autos can you buy in America? None, because the French SUCK at building & designing stuff...Great artists, lousy assembly line workers and engineers. You don't want to know how much maintenance is done, fixing stuff, nor how much those french parts cost us.....INSANE!
The CG isn't the only US agency that buys Gazelles. US forestry, and the Parks have a few themselves. Makes you wonder if somebody in procurement isn't getting some side "action" when they visit France.



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Um did we think that corporate welfare was only supplied to crony US companies....if I'm not mistaken we still owe Italy for a US military plane disaster back in the 90's....not sure what or why we owe France...maybe it was in exchange for Polanski
 
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