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Ten most expensive planes and helicopters of the U.S. air force

1. B-2 Spirit – $2 billion 1 million
2. F-22 Raptor – $146.2 million
3. C17A Globemaster III – $316 million
4. P-8A Poseidon – $115-150 million
5. VH-71 Kestrel – $400 million
6. E-2D Advanced Hawkeye – $80 million
7. F-35 Lightning II – $83.4 million
8. V-22 Osprey – $116,1 million
9. EA-18G Growler – $102 million
10. F/A-18 Hornet – $29 - 57 million

Northrop YF-17 Cobra was a prototype fighter built to participate in the USAFs Lightweight Fighter (LWF) evaluation program although it lost to the YF-16 (now F-16 Fighting Falcon), it was selected by the US Navy via the Naval Fighter Attack Experimental (VFAX) program, it underwent some modifications and it entered service as the larger F/A-18 Hornet, now fully converted for naval operations.

Blue Angels perform the Diamond Break

The Blues’ McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets are former fleet aircraft that are nearly combat-ready. Photo by M. Ballinger