10 most expensive fighters

Jan 2007
It's my understanding that the B-52 is currently the cheapest bomber to operate due to its relative lack of sophistication and rather routine operational profile.

On the other hand for intercontinental missions the B-52 often requires two tankers while a B-2 requires only one.
B52 keeps getting upgraded, they are working on new engines. So guess that plane will be here to stay.


Former Staff
Jun 2010
South Florida
Jets like MIG 35 or SU 35 that get sold around to various countries, friendly or not so friendly, wonder how long the jets could stay functional without a constant supply chain of parts and technical information? Like the F14's that were sold to Iran way back, how long were they still usable if & when we cut our ties to them? Maintenance hungry aircraft may not stay flying very long.
In the F-14's case, decades. In fact the Iranian Airforce still uses them..

Iran's US-made F-14 fighter jet getting better and better

Trivia time! The highest scoring F-14 pilot is an Iranian with 8 confirmed and 3 probable kills --> Jalil Zandi - Wikipedia