The Pentagon’s latest cost report on the stealthy F-35 shows no change in the high price of estimated flying hour usage or total lifetime sustainment, two areas of great interest to operators in the U.S. and abroad. But while the F-35 numbers have not changed, the difference between the actual expense of flying the F-35A and the F-16C/D it is intended to replace has diminished. Pentagon cost estimators have “normalized” the F-16 usage figures, according to the F-35 Selected Acquisition ...
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