Obama wracks up over $719M on taxpayer tab from Air Force One flights alone

At and operational cost of about $180k per hour and a minimum average preparation and fly time of 4-hours per flight, Obama has managed to wrack up over a $719 million tab for the American taxpayers

By Shepard Ambellas

(Editors note: This article originally said billion it has been changed to million)

NEW YORK (INTELLIHUB) — Wednesday marked the 1000th flight for President Obama on Air Force One, reported CBS correspondent Mark Knoller on Twitter Wednesday.

Make no mistake, Obama has burned up $179,750 per hour in operational costs, to schedule, staff and pilot the fully outfitted Presidential 747, according to the Congressional Research Service as reported by Bart Jensen writing for USA Today. Astonishingly in the article titled Air Force One airfare: $179,750 per hour Jensen points out:

“It is unclear how the White House designates travel that is not directly related to a governmental or political function because of traditional reluctance to address this matter,” the report said. Vacations count as official travel.

Information about the cost of presidential flights is scarce, according to the report. But earlier studies from Congress and the Government Accountability Office offer a glimpse of the cost of several major trips in the past.

For example, a European trip in 1989 cost the Air Force $1 million and a trip to Hawaii in 1990 cost $1.5 million, according to a 1992 report from a House committee on the civil service. The figures represented just operational costs for the aircraft – without related expenses such as food and lodging.

The presidents next flight back to D.C. will mark flight number 1001.

Keep in mind these expenses do not include the travel expense tabs of Marine One and the Presidential Motorcade.


$179,750 x 4 hour minimum = 719,000/per flight average

$719,000 x 1000 = 719 million

(Photo: WhiteHouse.gov)

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