Axe Visits Langley

Today I’m off to Langley Air Force Base, home of the $300-million F-22 Raptors of the 1st Fighter Wing. Is the Raptor the greatest fighter plane ever built … or a massive turkey, as some critics contend? Finally I’m going to lay to rest all the controversy. Everybody get psyched … and look for posts and photos tonight as soon as I can get to it (stupid foiled bomb plot!).
David Axe

8 Comments on "Axe Visits Langley"

  1. Richard W. Crews | August 10, 2006 at 4:23 am | Reply

    I thought the target cost was $85 million. I hope it ain’t $300M!

  2. Yeah, more of your famous “balanced” reporting.

  3. Id say he is at least as balanced as the New York Times.
    Which I do respect BTW. ;D

  4. Actually its around $140 Million per jet. Citing in the R&D costs is extremely poor reporting and is never done when factoring cost per airframe. Anyone who would have you think otherwise doesn’t really know too much.

  5. Only $140 million per plane? Jeez, talk about bargains!

  6. From the United States Government Accountability Office Testimony before the Subcommittee on AirLand, Senate Armed Services Committee:
    “Significant delays and cost increases have affected affordability, reducing planned deliveries from 750 F/A-22 aircraft to fewer than 180.”
    “The F/A-22 aircraft program is acquiring the Air Force

  7. original program including R&D:
    $63.8 billion / 180 aircraft = $354.4 million
    cost of 50 additional aircraft at est. $125 million each:
    $125 milllion x 50 aircraft = $6.25 billion
    total program cost:
    $63.8 billion + $6.25 billion = $70.05 billion
    cost per aircraft:
    $70.05 billion / 230 aircraft = $277.9 million
    280 aircraft = $228.3 million
    360 aircraft = $177.6 million
    (assuming there are no further development costs or overruns)
    maybe we should build so more B-2s

  8. Your techinque for the purecssive blow won’t work, I’ve seen a ton of self defence guys try it like this but you’ll find that it hurts in the shoulder and the wrist with this method, plus you are opening too much, I mean the ear only takes a few pounds before you’re disorientated. My girlfriend has knocked me to the ground with the generic slap to one ear before. Not to talk down but I seriously doubt you’ve researched or used this combative for real or realistically.

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