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March 14, 2013

F-35: Too big to fail?

ProPublica has posted a "By The Numbers" feature on Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, including what it calls "some of the most headache-inducing figures" related to the huge aircraft program.

Among the highlights:

133,000: The number of jobs supported by the program.

45: States in which Lockheed and its subcontractors and suppliers have F-35 work.

$81.7 million: Estimated total cost oer plane in 2001.

$162.5 million: Current estimated cost per plane.

The site links to a variety of articles and source materials to support the numbers, including a recent Washington Post article suggesting that despite the sequester, the Fort Worth-based program is unlikely to take a significant hit.

-- Steve Kaskovich


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The program should have been cancelled ten years ago.

Buy a couple thousand F-18's. A swarm of African Bees can do more damage than one dragonfly.

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