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