$1.2 billion down the drain. Thank God the pilots are okay.
Some perspective: there were 21 B-2s. Now there are 20 — a roughly 5-percent reduction in an instant. In terms of airframes, that’s the equivalent of 30 F-15s crashing at the same time, or 60 F-16s, or 6 F-22s. In terms of money, that’s equivalent to 20 F-15s, 24 F-16s or 10 F-22s.
Now, a little prediction. In light of the way the Air Force milked recent F-15 crashes for extra F-22 money, how much you want to bet that service leaders will use the B-2 crash to go begging for bomber funds?