Air Force Pilots Forced to Taxi Globetrotting Bureaucrats on Wasteful Trips

Tell Congress:
Cut Air Force VIP Flights
For Federal Fatcats!

The Air Force is facing an unprecedented pilot shortage and the #1 reason behind why so many pilots are QUITTING the service is because they are forced to ferry federal VIPs back and forth on wasteful trips, according to Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC).

The Air Force, the Air National Guard and the Air Reserves are currently 1,550 pilots short of the number needed for combat readiness. Yet if VIP flights for federal bureaucrats, Cabinet members and Members of Congress were eliminated, it would reduce the need for as many pilots immediately.1

Tell Congress to eliminate Air Force VIP flights immediately because these flights are reducing air readiness which is a threat to our national security and an insult to the patriots who signed up to serve our country! Use the form on this page to send Personal Letters to Congress, starting with the House Armed Services Committee.

The situation is so dire that the Pentagon is considering imposing a "stop loss" to force pilots to stay in the Air Force longer than their service commitment, just to maintain air readiness. This poses an extreme danger to America and in fact opens up to a nuclear attack from North Korea (or any other rogue nation) if we cannot keep planes patrolling US airspace.

Members of Congress and other federal employees could reserve the entire First Class section of any commercial flight and it would still be cheaper than these Air Force VIP flights, which can cost the taxpayers as much as $43,000 an hour.2

In other words, warriors who volunteer to defend America are being suborned to act as little more than a taxi service for government "VIPs."

To make matters worse, all Air Force records of congressional delegations (CODELs) to foreign countries are kept secret including transportation costs, flight plans, passenger logs and daily travel reports.3 No one knows the total cost of these VIP flights because they are paid from a "bottomless" account at the Department of Defense!

Here are some of the worst examples of this problem that we could find in published reports:

  • According to a 2014 CNN report, two of the most common destinations for supposed "legitimate" VIP flights for Members of Congress and their staffers are Ireland and France.3
  • Former CIA Director Leon Panetta used to sometimes fly home from Washington, D.C. to California TWICE A DAY.4
  • Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) racked up $1.1 million per year on Air Force VIP flight costs, including $50,000 per year for in-flight food and drinks.3

As Rep. Jones states in the video above, the biggest frustration of Air Force officers is that they are forced to run a taxi service for government bureaucrats and Congress - and the total dollar amounts of these excessive trips are never revealed to the public!

For the self-entitled bureaucrats and deep state flunkies are who are forcing Air Force pilots to fly them to Vienna for lunch, we say, "Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!" (James 5:1)

These ridiculous and wasteful VIP flights must end because they are driving honorable Air Force pilots to quit their jobs - and that places us all at risk. What will happen when America does not have enough Air Force pilots to keep the rest of us safe?

Tell Congress to eliminate these outrageous VIP flights completely. The Air Force cannot afford to have any more pilots leave the service in disgust!

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Sources:

1 http://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/stop-loss-option-air-force-keep-departing-pilots

2 http://nation.time.com/2013/04/02/costly-flight-hours/

3 http://www.newsmax.com/TomFitton/CODELS-John-Boehner-Pentagon/2016/01/19/id/710020/

4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRygNYtaI90

 

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Mac Thornberry
2208 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Thornberry:

The Air Force is now short by approximately 1,550 pilots needed for air readiness. Officers in charge of air wings report that one of the main reasons why so many pilots are leaving the service is dissatisfaction over serving as a taxi service for VIP flights. These flights of course ferry Members of Congress for legitimate junkets and fact-finding missions, but as we all know, these flights are also abused for personal use in many cases.

I am curious why flight logs, passenger manifests, weekly travel logs and other information pertaining to congressional VIP flights are kept secret from the public. Perhaps the information would reveal information that is embarrassing to the Representatives and Senators? The public is well aware of the many scandals involving these travel perks, including Nancy Pelosi's $1 million per year in VIP flights when she was Speaker of the House, and former CIA Director Leon Panetta's twice-daily flights home to California. In addition, CNN reported that two of the most common destinations for congressional flights are Ireland and France - two nations where the US maintains no military bases.

All Americans are placed in danger if the Air Force is unable to keep enough pilots in the service to patrol our air space. Instead of resorting to a stop loss, which the Pentagon is currently proposing, you should focus on completely eliminating frivolous VIP flights. Warriors who volunteer to serve our country are shown a great dishonor when they are forced to run a taxi service for bureaucrats, congressional staffers, members of the media, congressional spouses, and who knows how many other "VIPs". Again: This VIP taxi service is cited as one of the main reasons why they are quitting their military commissions!

I demand that you cut all necessary VIP travel that is not vital to congressional work. Cabinet members and Members of Congress can fly commercially much cheaper anyway, as the luxury C-32-A planes that fly you around cost $43,000 an hour to keep in the air! If you eliminate these frivolous and wasteful trips, it should more than make up for the shortage of pilots that the Air Force is currently facing. It is more important for the Air Force to be defending American than for federal employees to be flying off to Ireland and France, so please do your job and cut this ridiculous taxi service from the Air Force's duties!

 

 

Air Force Pilots Forced to Taxi Globetrotting Bureaucrats on Wasteful Trips

Tell Congress:
Cut Air Force VIP Flights
For Federal Fatcats!

The Air Force is facing an unprecedented pilot shortage and the #1 reason behind why so many pilots are QUITTING the service is because they are forced to ferry federal VIPs back and forth on wasteful trips, according to Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC).

The Air Force, the Air National Guard and the Air Reserves are currently 1,550 pilots short of the number needed for combat readiness. Yet if VIP flights for federal bureaucrats, Cabinet members and Members of Congress were eliminated, it would reduce the need for as many pilots immediately.1

Tell Congress to eliminate Air Force VIP flights immediately because these flights are reducing air readiness which is a threat to our national security and an insult to the patriots who signed up to serve our country! Use the form on this page to send Personal Letters to Congress, starting with the House Armed Services Committee.

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