Air Force Places F-35 Flight Hour Cost At $67K In 2014 As Total Fleet Grows (Updated)

March 09, 2015 |
James Drew
(Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the F-35 cost-per-flight-hour data only relates to the A-model jet and is not an average of all three variants -- as the Air Force previously stated.) The cost of operating the A-model F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was $67,549 per flight hour in fiscal year 2014, making the developmental fighter aircraft twice as expensive to operate as the more numerous F-15 Strike Eagle and F-16 Falcon aircraft and 14 percent...

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