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The Air Mobility Command branch of the U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract to purchase up to 18,000 iPads. As many major airlines have done over recent months, the Air Force plans to use the iPads as a replacement for traditional flight bags – the iPads are far lighter and can lead to saving on fuel in flights.
Bloomberg reports that a military spokesperson, Captain Kathleen Ferrero, mentions that the Air Force is getting a nice discount on the purchase too:
The type of iPad the command is buying retails for $599, Ferrero said. The Air Force would buy it at a discount for about $520 a device, she said. The product comes with wireless connectivity and 32 gigabytes of memory, she said.
At this rate it won’t be long before it’s odd not to see iPads in airline cockpits.