Saturday, February 23, 2008

B-2 Crash

A B-2 has crashed in Guam.

21 of the aircraft were built
. At over a billion a copy, only a crack-smoker (or an Air Force general) would have ever thought that the Air Force would get to build the 132 that they originally wanted. Yet the B-52s are still flying and probably will be still in service for another 35 or 40 years. The pilots then may have had a great-great-grandfather who flew them in the 1950s.

If the Air Force is going to survive in any size, they have to get over their addiction to platinum-plated toys.

UPDATE: Jeff Huber thinks that the flyaway price of a B-2 is $2 billion/copy. So the choice is a single bomber or a single submarine. It's been close to 40 years since the Navy last lost a sub.

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