Ecclesiastical and political pragmatism, with a beat
Sunday, February 15, 2009
If They're Hybrid Choppers, Use Stimulus Funds
President Obama is deciding whether to pay $11.2 billion to Lockheed Martin and its European partners for 28 helicopters for the White House fleet. Gene Boyer, who was President Nixon's chopper pilot, says it's a boondoggle. Other critics say the government should re-up with Connecticut's Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., which built most of the current fleet as well as the VH-3D Sea King now on display at the Nixon Library (which was good enough for Frank Langella during the filming of "Frost/Nixon").