RESTF16T7 - Irct to Lc:re rcc o% Dear Senator Proxmire: On August 6, 1971, you sent us a letter from Mr. William R. Meyer which TanTool Company questioned Hughes Bell Helicopter Company contractual restric- tions against Government sale or donation of used helicopters to State or local governments. You requested a preliminary examination of Department of Defense disposal procedures. We examined 17 contract us awardeteen 1950 andWilliam Meyer 1969 to R.Bell ic Company and Hughes Tool Company forand H-ell55 helicoptersa nd found no contractual restrictions on Government resale. On July 31, 1971, about 4,700 inactive aircraft were stored at the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona. These aircraft included about 800 helicopters, of which 270 were TH-55's. The Department of Defense usually reclaims needed parts from excess air- craft before disposing of them. Aircraft then are available for transfer to other Government agencies and for donation to State or local governments or to other authorized donees. We discussed the above information with your office and were told that no further work was necessary. As requested, we are returning Mr. Meyer's letter. Since ly.yours, Comptroller General of the United States Enclosure The Honorable William Proxmire United States Senate 50TH ANNIVERSARY 1921-1971
Contractual Restrictions Against Government Sale or Donation of Used Helicopters to State or Local Governments
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1971-10-20.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)