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Air Force says it won’t pay $10,000 for a toilet seat cover again

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy at Vandenberg Air Force Base (NASA/Randy Beaudoin, VAFB/WikiCommons)
July 16, 2018

Last week, by their own admission, the U.S. Air Force confessed to paying around $10,000 apiece for toilet seat covers it used on a Vietnam-era cargo plane that is still in use.

The C-5 Galaxy cargo plane toilet seat covers are no longer produced, so the government ordered customized seat covers on three occasions, the last time in 2017, the Washington Post first reported.

A spokesman for the Air Force said: “We are not now, nor will we in the future buy that aircraft part at that price, because we can now do so more cheaply using 3-D printing. Using this new process allows us to make parts that are no longer in production and is driving major cost savings,” Fox News reported.

The Air Force said it will now use 3-D printing to make the seats at $300 per cover.