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Monday, November 19, 2007

Army's new $2.6 billion chopper can't fly in "bathing suit weather"

The Army has discovered that its new UH-72A Lakota helicopter, designed for search-and-rescue and disaster relief, has a fatal flaw: It can't fly in hot weather. At temperatures over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, cockpit temperature soars over the upper safe limit of 104 degrees. Naturally, the Army spent $2.6 billion on the choppers, reasoning that it is unlikely ever to be required to perform missions in temperatures over 80 degrees since everyone would be at the beach.
Sadly, the UH-72A is only the latest in a spate of recent military boondoggles that have cost taxpayers billions.


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