The U.S. military is planning on buying 2,443 F-35 jets. Since the pricing of each jet is not clear, because they are sold in “batches” where the costs of development are sometimes wrapped into the planes, I find it difficult to figure out how much individual planes actually cost. I have come up with up to $200 million each, but on the low end around $100 million each (source).
If you paid using one dollar bills, and you paid out a bill every second, all day and night long, it would take more than three years to pay for one single plane.
And we’re buying 2,443 of them. Maybe we could live with 2,442 of them, and use the $100 million for something useful and good?