While that amount of money would appear to be a lot to the average citizen,,,,
ya’re dead-on about it being a “drop in the bucket”_,,,,
esp. when compared to the humongous wasteful Federal spending elsewhere,,,
and, even within the military itself…..which is a shamefully HUGE part of the Federal budget.
Not making just one airplane could pay for this program for a looooong time.
This picture1913322,00.html has 11 planes that cost
“The B-2 Bomber”: costs $2.4 BILLION. The military originally wanted 132 of ’em,,,
but settle for only 21.
The Blue Angels program causes mixed “emotions” for me.
On the one hand, yeah…it’s money that could be spent on much greater needs,,,esp. the “less fortunate” ppl in America.
On the other hand, while the program can viewed as a case of simple bragging by the U.S….it is like YOU said: it is entertainment—usually only a part of an airshow.
I don’t know if the source ya found use that monetary figure sparingly or “inflated”.
It would all depend on the motive.l
By "sparingly, I’m going for showing ONLY the more obvious costs,,,
and the “inflated” part bringing to light all the parietal costs…w/ those likely very inflated.
Here are some monetary numbers what it costs to fly a military plane per hour. I’m not sure of what all “costs” are included in those numbers.
But, here is something that addresses why the cost per hour to keep a big jet plane flying can be so high: MAINTENANCE (and, to a degree…depreciation).
That is a lot of expensive aluminum sitting in those graveyards.
Now, let’s go outside the arena of aircraft.
The cost to operate an aircraft carrier is about a half-million cost for an aircraft carrier FOR ONE DAY….or $160,000,000 per year.
AND, we have 10 of ’em in service
If ya read that last link,,,
did ya catch that: “U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined.”?
So, yeah….let’s let those “Angels” fly.
And, let’s let those “flying” “Army Golden Knights” in the air, too.