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)

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Dear Senator Proxmire:

     On August 6, 1971, you sent us a letter from Mr. William R. Meyer which
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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

     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


The Honorable William Proxmire
United States Senate

                              50TH ANNIVERSARY     1921-1971