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BRAND NEW MILITARY PLANES HEADED FOR ‘BONEYARD’ Budget fight takes cargo hauler off list of available tools….


Five brand new military cargo airplanes slated for delivery to the U.S. armed services early next year will go directly to an Arizona “boneyard” set aside for equipment no longer in use, according to Military.com.

The report, citing the Dayton Daily News, said about a dozen of the new C-27J Spartan equipment haulers already have been taken out of service and sent to Tucson, where the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base stores unused equipment and airplanes.

The airplanes appear to be one of the casualties of decisions by government managers regarding the federal budget.

The DoD Buzz, which calls itself an online defense and acquisition journal, reported just months ago that the Air Force had announced it was discarding 21 C-27Js.

The blog said the original plan was to buy a fleet of 38 of the haulers as part of a “Joint Cargo Aircraft Program” at an estimated cost of $1.6 billion. Reports said 16 had been delivered already, and another five are in line to be released for use early next year.

The report at the time of the U.S. budget sequester, which cut funds for the military, said that the C-27J cost around $9,000 an hour to operate while the larger C-130, which doesn’t have the C-27J’s capability of landing on some airfields, cost about $10,400 per hour.

The newest Military.com report Monday said the new C-27Js already produced are now being shipped to storage, and any new ones that were contracted and scheduled for delivery will follow the same route.

Ethan Rosenkranz of the Project on Government Overnight told Military.com that the military wanted the airplanes because they could land on less-developed runways, but when budgets were reduced, military officials decided the program wasn’t a priority.

“When they start discarding these programs, it’s wasteful,” he said in the report.

The five new planes still to be delivered were so close to completion that it would have been counterproductive to cancel the plans. The 209th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group will try to keep the airplanes operational so that another use – or another user – may be found, the Military.com report said.

Thousands of airplanes already are at the Arizona site, which features a hard-soil runway and low rainfall and humidity.

The airplane is made by Alenia North America, a subdivision of Italy’s Finmeccanici Inc.

Members of the Ohio congressional delegation have been fighting for the airplane, because the Ohio Air National Guard was one of several units designated to fly the C-27J. The National Guard disputed other cost estimates, saying it costs $2,100 per hour for the C-27J and about $7,000 for the C-130.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in the Military.com report that he was looking for ways and opportunities to “redeploy” the airplanes, possibly by letting the Forest Service or the Coast Guard use them.
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NEW RUSSIAN GAS MASKS/NEW NBC FILTERS/NEW CARRY & STORAGE TOTES..Only $19.95


Are you preparedness-oriented? Is your home or workplace prepper-ready? For less than you might think, you can stash a case or two of these high-quality AFFORDABLE protective masks to protect yourself, your family – and a few favored but unprepared friends. These high-quality Russian-designed protective masks cost many times this price to make and import, yet they are serviceable enough to turn to with confidence if or when the “big one” does hit.

That’s exactly what an overzealous former Soviet entrepreneur with newly-minted capitalist dreams must have counted on when he arranged to bring over a couple of million of them to sell for big bucks to anxious Americans after 9/11. He didn’t anticipate, however, how short our American memories are – and that, by the time they got here, most of us had forgotten why we thought we might need them! As a result, not only are these masks highly effective against the threat of nuclear, biological or chemical attack, they are also versatile and affordable enough to use when burning leaves or cleaning a putrid, mold-covered basement.

These gas masks are:
New, unused, never-issued civilian rubber gas masks, in original retail boxes with olive-drab tote bags
Available in four sizes: small (most adolescents), medium (most women), large (most men), and extra large
Made in Ukraine
Of supple rubber construction with swim-cap, full head-cover style
Easy to put on and take off, with no straps to tangle or bind and a great seal when properly sized, even for users with modest facial hair
NOS, no expiration, with NBC filters (nuclear, biological, chemical)
Same as the masks made for and issued to the civilian populations of most former Soviet bloc countries
Sold consistently online, at gun shows and at prepper gatherings.
To measure for size:

Determine the correct size with a cloth tape measure. Circle the head top to bottom, taking the tape snugly over the crown of the head down in front of the ears to under the chin behind the chin bone and back up to meet the tape. A measurement less than 25 inches is size small; 25-26 inches is medium; 26-27 is large; and greater than 27 is extra large.
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