High costs F-22 Raptor fighter jets

The fleet of 158 F-22 planes — costing $412 million each — has never entered combat and has been grounded since May 3 because of a government safety investigation. The probe follows more than a dozen incidents in which oxygen was cut off to pilots, a problem suspected of contributing to at least one fatal accident.

F-22 Raptor jetThe F-22 Raptor jet hasn’t been used in conflicts because its technology wasn’t needed, Air Force officials say, adding that the F-22 is worth its high price tag — an estimated $412 million each — because it is the “most advanced fighter aircraft, with unrivaled capabilities.” (Ben Stansall, AFP/Getty Images / August 7, 2011)

 

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