The F-35 Fighter Jet Fiasco
Design failures and fiscal problems haven't stopped Congress from buying more of them
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January 23, 2020 - by BRIAN MCNICOLL for spectator.org
- Design failures and fiscal problems haven't stopped Congress from buying more of them
But what it means is the per-hour cost of operating F-35s — already about $35,000 per hour overall and as much as $67,000 per hour for the Air Force version — will continue to rise.
Meanwhile, the A-10 flies for about $6,000 per hour, the F-16 for about $8,000, and the F-15s — the most comparable to the F-35s in terms of capabilities and use — for between $21,000 and $23,000 per hour.
And now, the last advertised benefit — low cost to repair and maintain the fleet — has fallen by the wayside. Earlier this month, Flight Global reported that...