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Where are all the US Government's aircraft?

by John M. White |

Well, the Big 3 CEOs showed up in Washington DC once again, hands out and heads hung low as they pushed and shoved at the financial sector CEOs for a spot at the money trough.  Instead of arriving via private business jet, they arrived driving one of their fuel efficient automobiles in order to pacify those in Congress who believe they know better than anyone how to run the automobile industry.

Consider this: according to the GAO (General Accounting Office) the federal government owns more than 1,400 aircraft and spends over $ 700 million to operate them each fiscal year.  But that's not all, the GAO estimates that the $ 700M number is underestimated by around $ 550M, and worse yet the Federal Government isn't even sure where all of these aircraft are!! Click on image to enlarge

At least the States of Nevada and Florida know how many aircraft they have, and how they are used.  Not only that, but when a reporteret conducted an "investigation" into the use of Nevada's Citation bizjet and questioned the head of Nevada's Department of Transportation he would not apologize and explained how and why the bizjet was used!

It is no wonder we are in trouble in this country financially.  Government is too big, tries to run everything from the mortgage industry to the auto industry, and can't even keep Social Security solvent and run it's own shop efficiently!  Now it wants to tell the car makers what to make (perhaps GM should buy Yugo) and that will save them?  Give me a break!

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one, and against two bombs a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb.

— Benny Hill

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