Procurement of Maintenance for VC-131H Aircraft

PSAD-77-56: Published: Dec 20, 1976. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1976.

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Routine instead of special maintenance and repainting on four aircraft was suggested as a way to save about $635,000 in aircraft maintenance funds. As part of the Special Air Mission fleet to provide transportation for government officials, including members of the President's cabinet, four VC-131H turboprop aircraft were given special maintenance that was more costly than the routine maintenance normally provided to Air Force C-131 aircraft. In January, 1975, these four aircraft were reassigned from the Special Air Mission Squadron to the Military Airlift Command where they are used for routine transportation and training flights. Although the four aircraft are no longer part of the Special Air Mission fleet, it is still planned to have the more costly maintenance performed on them.

GAO found that the costs of special maintenance and repainting aircraft exceeds routine maintenance and repainting by $158,750 per aircraft. The costly repainting appears to be only for cosmetic reasons.

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