The B-2 bomber meets … Balenciaga?

A bureaucracy that still smarts over revelations of $600 toilet seats and $1,000 hammers should be more careful than to spend $533,331 on a contract listed only as “B-2 accessories”.

I know about this contract because of last week’s post about the ongoing competition for the Flexible Acquisition Sustainment Tool follow-on (F2AST) program. This is a huge umbrella contract that allows the US Air Force to buy upgrades and modifications for aircraft a la cart.

(To find the B-2 item, click on this link, then click the “fast total orders awarded” tab on the bottom of the spreadsheet, then scroll down to entry #331.)

Who knew a stealth bomber needs accessories? I don’t know for sure what a $533,331 contract buys in the defense business (besides two cups of coffee and a half-hour powerpoint presentation by a consultant), but I thought I might try a few other guesses:

1. Platinum-coated inlet grills, a la Flavor Flav
2. Inlaid mother of pearl embellishments for the mother of all bombs
3. This season’s “it” electronic flight bags by Balenciaga
4. One celebrity-bred Chihuahua per combat-coded bomber

This is, of course, a competition. If you can come up with my favorite suggestion, I am prepared to offer as a reward one of my coolest conference freebies: a 2008 pocket calendar from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

2 Responses to The B-2 bomber meets … Balenciaga?

  1. elp 28 January, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    Wasn’t the entire B-2 fleet flight-restricted due to windshield bolt hole cracks? (General Moseley speech to AFA… recently)

  2. John S. 28 January, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    The B-2 will be the first jet aircraft equipped with spinners – on the main wheels!

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