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Why Does Air Force One Fridge Cost $24 Million?

1943 was the year the air force first came
up with the idea that the president of the United States was likely better off traveling
on his own airplane as there were safety issues with the leader sitting among the hoi polloi
on commercial jet liners. That year a somewhat uncomfortable-looking
bomber called the C-87 Liberator Express was fitted out to carry a VIP and it was renamed
the, “Guess Where II.” But that didn’t quite work out as this plane
didn’t have the best safety record, and so it was replaced with a C-54 Skymaster. This was also converted to carry a VIP and
it went by the name of “Sacred Cow.” In 1945 it took its first trip carrying Franklin
D. Roosevelt and the presidential plane was born. Today we’ll see how these planes have developed,
in this episode of the Infographics Show, Why Does Air Force One Fridge Cost $24 Million. In case you don’t know, Air Force One isn’t
the name of an aircraft but any aircraft that carries the Commander-in-Chief. It’s really just the radio call sign used
for the plane, but we have come to know Air Force One as the plane itself. The White House official website tells us
that the president can choose any number of ways to travel, and Air Force one is just
one option. That website states that the planes belonging
to Air Force one right now are two Boeing 747-200Bs, except of course they are no ordinary
planes and have been highly customized for the big man in charge and his entourage. We’ll get around to just how customized
soon, but first let’s look at some other details. We should also mention that on Boeing’s
website the company states that the 747-200s will soon be replaced with 747-8s. You can’t miss the plane as emblazoned across
it are the words, “United States of America,” and of course it also comes with the Stars
and Stripes flag. The White House tells us it has an “undeniable
presence wherever it flies.” But it’s not just aesthetically unique. This plane is capable of refueling in mid-air,
so for all intents and purposes the president could just keep flying as long as he wanted
to. We are told that without refueling it could
stay in the air for around 15-17 hours. It can fly at speeds of up to 700 miles per
hour (1,126kph) and can reach heights of 45,100 feet (13,746 meters). Boeing tells us that the current planes have
an area of 4,000 square feet, making each plane what it calls a “flying Oval Office.” It has three main levels; the bottom mostly
for cargo; the middle for passengers and the top for communications. It certainly sounds a bit more comfortable
then a regular plane, and no doubt no passengers find themselves stuck in the middle seat of
the middle aisle with a broken entertainment station, next to a snoring neighbor whose
head rocks about intermittently over an 8-hour flight. Air Force One has its own dining room, conference
room, office, medical facility (operations can be done here and a doctor is always on
board), as well as luxurious quarters for both the president and the first lady. It has areas for staff, media, or anyone else
who might be on board, and also a couple of galleys that can accommodate 100 people when
it comes to mealtime. As for technology, Boeing tells us that these
planes are equipped with “state-of-the-art navigation, electronic and communications
equipment; its interior configuration and furnishings; self-contained baggage loader;
and front and aft air-stairs.” Boeing doesn’t go into details regarding
the tech on board, but we found out that there are around 85 onboard telephones, around nineteen
TVs, lots of two-way radios, fax machines and of course connected computers. Like Boeing says, it really is a home from
home, or should we say an office away from office. On top of this, the plane has to be made from
special material and we are told that the 238 miles (383kms) of wiring that connects
all this tech – twice the length of wiring on any normal 747 – is protected by something
called heavy shielding. Yep, even if there was a nuclear blast the
president would still have all his connections intact and perhaps not have his game of Angry
Birds Friends interrupted. In terms of defense technologies some of this
is a secret, and for good reason. But some sources tell us that it is equipped
with flares that can out smart heat-seeking missiles and it also has electronic counter
measures which can jam radar signals of enemies. As for weapons on board, well, that bit might
just be classified, but we know that fighters are likely never far away anyway. We are told that many areas of the plane are
restricted to a very few people, so it’s not like journalists can just go anywhere
they want. There is some level of secrecy when it comes
to just what is on the plane. The president probably doesn’t have much
to worry about while flying, with one aviation website calling the planes the most secure
in the world. All of this comes at a cost, and the website
Defense News told us in 2018 that the new planes Boeing will supply will set the White
House (well, the taxpayer) back a cool $3.9 billion. No doubt these planes are going to be good,
very good, as good as can be, the best. President Trump agrees, saying in 2018, “It’s
going to be the top of the line, the top in the world. And it’s going to be red, white and blue,
which I think is appropriate.” So what about this fridge? 24 million? OK, so a smart fridge might tell you that
you left the door open via your phone, but one of those things will only cost you a few
thousand bucks. What does a multi-million dollar fridge do,
produce its own food out of thin air or perhaps shrink you and your family and let you ski
inside the freezer compartment? We shall explain. Ok, so we lied, the fridge, or two fridges,
didn’t have a price tag of $24 million. The actual cost was $23,657,671, according
to The Washington Post. We are told that the plane had five chiller
units, but two needed replacing and that was the figure Boeing came up with. So, give or take a few bucks, each of these
units would cost $12 million. Hmm, is Boeing just taking advantage of the
U.S. government and the American taxpayer? Defense News says that is not the case, and
the main reason stuff on this plane costs so much is because it’s so bespoke. What does that mean? Well, let’s imagine a worst case scenario,
a kind of Mars Attacks narrative in which the president and up to 100 others are up
in the sky while all hell is breaking loose down on Earth. We know the plane can stay up in the air indefinitely,
and let’s just imagine that the president and the others had to stay up there while
the militaries of the world defeated the bulbous-headed aliens. A hundred bellies take a lot of filling, especially
when they need filling over a period of days, and this is the main reason why Boeing is
charging a princely sum for the fridges. Defense News tells us, “The requirement
for Air Force One is the ability to feed passengers and crew for weeks without resupplying. That means storing about 3,000 meals in massive
refrigerators and freezers below the passenger cabin.” These fridges we are told are also very reliable,
they have back-up systems and much more advanced technology than the fridges you’ll find
elsewhere. We are also told that the folks that make
these fridges, that fit them, they are all sworn to secrecy and given high-level security
clearances. This all adds to the cost. This is also a problem when we try and find
out what is so special about these things, because Air Force One doesn’t let the media
know all the details. An Air Force One spokesperson said this, “The
engineering required to design, manufacture, conduct environmental testing and obtain Federal
Aviation Administration certification are included in the cost.” Boeing was also contacted by some of the U.S.
media and the company offered this statement, “Only the U.S. Air Force can discuss that
airplane or that work. You’ll need to contact their press desk in
the Pentagon.” In that same article, the Air Force added
a little more information about the fridges, but not much. A spokesperson said, “There are four different
areas for cold food storage throughout the aircraft: five chillers and 26 climate-controlled
compartments. We are replacing two cold chiller units, which
includes eight climate-controlled compartments.” In fact, none of the big media, the New York
Times, The Guardian over in the UK, could offer a detailed explanation of why the fridges
were so expensive. One consultant speaking to The Guardian did
say the money wasn’t being wasted. In a statement he said, “It’s not a contractor
issue, it is a requirements issue. It’s not getting people rich.” That’s about all we can tell you, but we
will also add that the government canceled the contract because, in the words of one
person, the contract just “didn’t pass the smell test.” That doesn’t mean the fridges smelled badly. It’s an idiomatic term meaning the price
or the product was questionable. The government said it won’t get the new
fridges, and instead it will wait until 2024 when the new planes are delivered. Just out of interest we had a look around
for the world’s most expensive fridges. These were more household fridges rather than
giant industrial ones, but we found one fridge said to be the size of a car. The magnificent-looking thing is made by an
Italian firm called Meneghini, and the fridge is called “La Cambusa.” It costs $41,500 if you get the best version. You can even get a TV added to the door. It’s quite the fridge alright, but nothing
compared to Air Force One’s behemoth that never got fitted. Now we want to ask you what you think? Could these fridges be worth every cent? Maybe you have an idea as to what makes them
so expensive, other than what we have said already. Also, be sure to check out our other show
Why Is The Government Terrified Of This Hacker. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like share and subscribe. See you next time.

Tony wyaad



  1. The Infographics Show Posted on February 18, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    What's the most expensive appliance you own?

  2. old time engineer Posted on March 11, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    they will not be switching to the 747-8 now after two crashes in 5 months

  3. Timothy Gallatin Posted on March 11, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Click bait

  4. Dave Posted on March 11, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    This video is ridiculous and completely clickbait.

    There is no single fridge that costs 24 million dollars.

    What they're actually talking about is a refrigeration platform facility that supports 3000 meals, high survivability, massively customized and all certified as air worthy, and fully backed up.

    Cheap at 24 million.

  5. Gray Bryan Posted on March 11, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    It's never clear in the video what is actually being talked about. The title suggests one fridge, the video sounds like it was many fridges and chilled compartments throughout the plane.

  6. Logan Stinnett Posted on March 12, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    fast forward to the 5 minute mark.

  7. Gillan Baclayon Posted on March 13, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Because it is a literal mega fortress

  8. Grandsome Posted on March 13, 2019 at 5:06 am

    It cost that much so the president can hide in it in case of nuclear attack.

  9. Bman Posted on March 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    So over 8 min and you still don't really know.. I know what I'm not watching? Part 2.

  10. Tom Utomo Posted on March 18, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Then FAA banned MAX 8

  11. El Chango woomy Posted on March 18, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    A a380 will do a better job

  12. The Bucket Man Posted on March 19, 2019 at 3:22 am

    You know that old white fridge in the garage. It's still in my kitchen

  13. Snoop-Dogg views Posted on March 19, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I think its really sad to have a fridge for 24million when they are kids that are dying for food.

  14. Maximilian Bourgh Posted on March 20, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    What happens if theres no earth left to land on?

  15. Eric Davidson Posted on March 22, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Any appliance that goes on an airplane is super expensive because it must be FAA certified and very few companies make those airworthy appliances. They are also designed to be as safe and relatable as possible in all scenarios so they undergo a lot of testing to meet the safety requirements. So basically the outrageously high prices are because the products must meet very strict requirements, they must be made out of top quality materials, and because so little companies manufacturer them that they can charge such a high price. I currently major in aviation mechanics in college so I’ve learned quite a bit about this stuff.

  16. superpilotdude Posted on March 22, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    It’s so if there’s a nuclear attack, the president can hide in the fridge Indiana Jones style.

  17. Susan Hammond Posted on March 22, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    "Commercial jet liners" … in 1943? Jeez, common knowledge isn't shared by you, is it?

  18. VinceGae Posted on March 23, 2019 at 5:02 am

    that’s the most expensive shoe i’ve ever seen

  19. Dante Garcia Posted on March 23, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Alright, so let's resume what the entire video said. The Air Force One ie basically a flying fallout bunker. Done.

  20. phu cue Posted on March 24, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Duh ……. it's so people like Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi can afford their million dollar mansions as they work for the government on a " small " salary !

  21. LAL SINGH TYAGI Posted on March 24, 2019 at 10:41 am

    1:33 Jihadists couple making love in open. 🙂

  22. Mr N Brown Posted on March 24, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Now wonder why avg. American people getting homeless and dieing…

  23. Akhil Ghosh Posted on March 24, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    But the question is, can it do vertical landing like the 737 max?

  24. Paul Furey Posted on March 25, 2019 at 12:37 am

    And all wasted on trump bussing to his kip in Florida!

  25. Abraar Ashraf Posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:41 am

    I think it has body parts. Incase the president needs transplant. And the fridge will have all the parts.

  26. Tracy Nettles Posted on March 26, 2019 at 11:54 am

    But does it have wifi

  27. rek 1 Posted on March 26, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Please stop using the weird text at 6:37

  28. Daniel Sullivan Posted on March 26, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    If you have ever worked in a restaurant or hotel, you might know that a "fridge" also refers to walk in rooms with very cold climate conditions, essentially making the whole room a fridge. That's why Boeing and The Air Force mostly spoke of chiller units and not an actual single appliance.

  29. Daniel Smith Posted on March 27, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    special engineering and electronics shielding

  30. Mr. Beef Posted on March 30, 2019 at 3:39 am

    waste. Skip to 5:00 to start

  31. Broke Poor Asian Kid Posted on March 31, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Air Force ones are some nice sneakers

  32. Kelly Biddick Posted on April 3, 2019 at 4:54 am

    I laughed when that 747 was eating the money

  33. MrNateSPF Posted on April 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    A fridge the size of a car? That's not that big for a fridge.

  34. Josh Benham1012 Posted on April 4, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    You know where the lights are on the wing there a missiles

  35. Don Wald Posted on April 5, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    How will Mr Orange survive for weeks without KFC?

  36. It’s Mr Lone Wolf Posted on April 8, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Relisted due to time waster!! Selling a fridge, almost new, one careful owner, climate controlled, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that it keeps your food cold and your identity under 24/7 surveillance! $24 million or best offer! No posers! If you’re not serious about multi million dollar food refrigeration technology then don’t bid!

  37. Tyler Corbin Posted on April 14, 2019 at 3:12 am

    2019 still no new planes

  38. Dominique Ilagan Posted on April 14, 2019 at 10:51 am

    5:35 aldnoah/zero reference

  39. Sir Dominic Posted on April 22, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Is this a modified 747

  40. Freakitgod Posted on April 22, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I know what Air force 1 is because of Chief Keef.

  41. JasonWittenFan Posted on April 23, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    We definitely don’t need that 3.9 billion. That definitely wouldn’t help pay for anything…

  42. Gracie Li Posted on May 3, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Casey Neistat has entered the chat

  43. Sovietman2291 Posted on May 13, 2019 at 11:24 pm


    YouTube: hey you wanna watch a video about a fridge in Air Force one

    Me: why not

  44. Baron Awesome vonPruts Posted on May 14, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Then that must be one awesome fridge.

  45. Thomas Dunn Posted on May 14, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Keep in mind that the president is the commander in chief of the U.S. military. The “refrigerators” on Air Force One are probably used to cool a classified command, control, communications, and computers (C4) system full of sensitive electronics that run very hot and thus require very precise and reliable temperature and humidity control. A commercial refrigeration system simply cannot meet the performance requirements needed by such a vital system. Also, there will not be any economies of scale for such a niche product that could help drive down costs.

  46. Thomas Dunn Posted on May 14, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    For those of you jumping to the conclusion that the taxpayer is being gouged, I suggest reading the Truth in Negotiations Act. It basically says that the contractor must disclose all reasonably available factual information that is likely to affect the outcome of negotiations and certify that such information is current, accurate, and complete as of the date price agreement is reached. If the contractor fails to do so, the Government may and often does come after the contractor for defective pricing and false claims that carry the potential for civil and criminal liability. The price of the “refrigerators” for Air Force One are obviously high because of the requirements issued by the Government, not because the contractor is profiteering.

  47. Dale Vann Posted on May 14, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    I thought the VC-25 was an 8

  48. Dale Vann Posted on May 14, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    The normal 747 is known as the Boeing 747-400

  49. Dale Vann Posted on May 14, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    The Lockheed Constellation was also used as an air force one

  50. jduds100 Posted on May 19, 2019 at 1:56 am

    With hoi polloi. Not, with the hoi polloi

  51. Peter Langelier Posted on May 19, 2019 at 6:29 am

    I'm sorry 3000 meals…give them 2 days of fresh food and the rest MREs

  52. knicol46 Posted on May 19, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    hope that fridge comes with an unlimited warranty

  53. J Polar Posted on May 21, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    You forgot to mention that the little button that's used to flush the toilet goes for only 46 thousand each. ( Rumours say that it's made in China )

  54. MrBakedDaily Posted on May 22, 2019 at 4:24 am

    If this plane can do and survive so much,it doesn't have a few kegs of beer as a last resort?

  55. John Matthew Yuen Posted on May 24, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Largest fridge=Chiller Container

  56. John Matthew Yuen Posted on May 24, 2019 at 8:17 am

    1:47 Air Force 1 is NOT refuelled by an A380. A380s aren't even in service with the air force

  57. wades623 Posted on May 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    the government wastes more money that anyone possibly could

  58. Doktor Skeletor Posted on May 26, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    "The government confirms that the price is worth it." Of course they would approve their own spending.

  59. Buddy Piper Posted on May 26, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    There is one word for that price: corruption!

  60. iranicus Posted on June 2, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Obviously its a lead lined fridge the pres. can jump in and get thrown around in, if the plane is caught in a nuclear explosion, without being hurt like in Indiana Jones

  61. Guvyyg Vuhh Posted on June 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    24M for a fridge?! I smell money laundering…

  62. Varsity Chap Posted on June 4, 2019 at 10:38 am

    the hoi polloi?? What is this madness

  63. Jannick Posted on June 9, 2019 at 1:58 am

    America always likes to be extra extra

  64. James Joiner Posted on June 11, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    What would happen if they put the 1st man and lady on a 737-max?

  65. James Joiner Posted on June 11, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    @4:03. No fair that Adam Savage can sneak aboard in Jamie's beret.

  66. Lighting Kiting Posted on June 13, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Infographic show you forgot one important room and that is the surgery room in the airplane.

  67. Road Dreamers Posted on June 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    That 24 million price tag is put to fool us.
    So they can use that money in other projects that they don't want us to know

  68. This Will Be An Unpopular Opinion Posted on June 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Because to the government taxpayer money is free

  69. Free Me Posted on June 22, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    He btu removal per hr specifically designed to fit certain measurements and specs as well be able to function on a plane with turbulence and have compressors that functions with refrigerants at certain altitudes I could go on but it's a lot there to be meet more than meets the eye is the saying I guess

  70. Lee yaw sheng Posted on June 23, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Cuz Donald Trumps A fatty boi

  71. Nicholas Lo Posted on June 24, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Maybe to cut down the weight of the fridge

  72. btqy Posted on June 24, 2019 at 7:10 am

    While entering Area 51…
    President : Where do they get the funding for this place?
    Judd Hirsch: You don't really think they pay $10,000 for a hammer or $24,000,000.00 for a refrigerator.

  73. e l Posted on June 26, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Propaganda just a way for them to pay back the companies that donated money for the run to office….. all bs I don’t think this airplane can do half of the stuff stated in this video.

  74. davey Konijnenberg Posted on June 26, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    You Got Air Force One
    Car Force One
    Boat Force One
    Potie Time Force One
    Wheelchair Force One

  75. Michael Kaba Posted on June 26, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    MRE's. You are welcome tax payer.

  76. Gabriel Fairchild Posted on June 27, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Why exactly is the "C-54" in the beginning a jetliner?

  77. Gobblarr Posted on June 28, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    24 million for a fridge? Sounds more like the fridge has a multipurpose as a nuclear safe room. A safe room that when inside would shield you 100% from nuclear radiation and heat? Yep sounds about right. And yes its nuclear. Nucular is slang.

  78. Timothy Roberts Posted on July 3, 2019 at 5:03 am

    I saw an Air Force One in the 1950s. Four engine propeller plane. JFKs was jet.

  79. ADJ30168 Posted on July 6, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Q: Why Does Air Force One Fridge Cost $24 Million?
    A: Because that helped cover the cost of the retrofit when Trump was elected.

    The DS had it wired so as to be easily hacked if they wanted to. Spooks could have crashed AF1 if they wanted to.

  80. Will Posted on July 8, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    1:16. Exzibits iconic "you've just now been PIMPED pinches shirt OUT.

  81. ChrisBow Piloto Posted on July 10, 2019 at 2:47 am

    I'm going to guess that the majority of that money was spent on security and certification

  82. Nick Sego Posted on July 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    The fridge cost more then i can make in 20 life times i feel so cheap

  83. David Kelly Posted on July 16, 2019 at 1:35 am

    The fridge costs $24 million because we're paying for it.

  84. skoopity woop Posted on July 20, 2019 at 3:41 am

    pay taxes so America can build the president a plane which they won’t discuss it with you

    Eagle screeches

  85. Pilot Bravo Posted on July 21, 2019 at 2:55 am

    4:39 thank me later

  86. LemonNsalt Posted on July 21, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Actual video starts at 4:38. Thank me later

  87. Bobby Chambers Posted on July 22, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Very misleading. The refrigeration system is more than a “fridge”. It is climate control and refrigerators. It would be more like if your air conditioning, refrigerator and your deep freeze was all connected in your house. It is a complex system and the one that is currently on Air Force one was is so outdated it cannot be repaired. The refrigerant is no longer manufactured because it is harmful to the ozone. The current Air Force one is about 32 years old and there is no off the shelf units that can go in. The reason it is so expensive is it will take a team of aircraft and refrigeration engineers and the shop that manufacturers it to have Q clearance. All the materials will have to be sourced from the US every part including nuts and bolts will have to come from ITAR/EAR compliant shops. Then Boeing and the air force will have Q clearance aviation techs put this system in a antique plane. Obama approved two replacement planes for $390 million each. Trump cancelled this order because it was too much even though the planes had exceeded their life expectancy. It was determined that repairing the existing planes would be cheaper ($24 mill).

  88. Scotty Haines Posted on July 24, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Air Force One security looks like a hotdog

  89. JellyGoat23 Posted on August 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    "Give or take a few bucks"

    A few bucks…aka 500,000$

  90. Israel Guzman Posted on August 10, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Great their goes my taxes

  91. Jorge Toloza Posted on August 11, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Make a video of air force 1 toilet seat..

  92. Sherri Greeydelinarez Posted on August 14, 2019 at 2:39 am

    The Fridge cost 31 million it not only holds dead bodies it dispose of them!!!!! lol

  93. Aiden G Posted on August 14, 2019 at 3:26 am

    6:25 wait doesn’t $ sign go in front of the number?

  94. Larry Hankamer Posted on August 15, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Annoying video. Watched less than a minute.

  95. OutATime Posted on August 16, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Are you joking me instead of building planes nobody can afford why not pay of our dept of trillions of dollars

  96. Full-time POG Posted on August 18, 2019 at 12:39 am

    The fridge is only used for nuclear blasts.

  97. Trueminati Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:18 am

    China would of made it for 30$ bucks