A little case in point about the over-the-moon insane cost of military gear; unimaginable technology pushed to the brink, but with next to no durability and extraordinary maintenance costs.
One airplane has a slightly rough landing. Nearly two million dollars in damages. It’s just a fender bender, really. Nothing to see here, move along.
Horry Clap. What a waste of money.
An F-22 fighter jet used in a flyover during a remembrance ceremony at Pearl Harbor scraped its tail on a runway as it landed, causing $1.8 million in damage.
A Hawaii National Guard spokesman says nobody was hurt in the incident Friday morning on the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Lt. Col. Charles Anthony says the jet was coming back to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a training exercise after taking part in the ceremony. He says the “mishap” happened roughly 90 minutes after the flyover.
In jet terms, the damage to the F-22’s horizontal stabilizers may be little more than a pricey fender-bender.
Anthony says it costs roughly $147 million to make one F-22 fighter.
Geez Louise. Cost overrun much?
For one million dollars, you ought to be able to build a brand new Sea Fury AND a brand new Super Taco, as long as neither one is weighed down with all the deluxe electronic gimcrackery. Which neither one really needs for 90% or more of it’s lifetime. And OUGHT to be a modular package, Plug ‘N Play, that could snap in from one plane to another in a couple hours. A million in special electronics ought to buy a laser targeter and a missile defense package. If it doesn’t, then you’re buying those from the wrong freakin’ vendor. So $3 million gets you two entire mission-superior airplanes, one medium, one small, not just a rear bumper and a pair of new tires for some exotic flying auto-erotic wetdream.
More than enough airplane for >85% of small aircraft missions.
Stop pissing away my money. Especially on bullshit flybys.
I love the Sea Fury. I live fairly close to RNAS Yeovilton where they have one at the museum there along with its engine on static display. Gimcrackery.....great word Drew and entirely appropriate.