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The Most Expensive aircraft in History??
« on: May 07, 2010, 08:46:57 PM »
Only 2 contenders in this one, The Apollo capsules, or the Space shuttle.
(no one said "aircraft" have to be reuseable, or land only on tires)

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Re: The Most Expensive aircraft in History??
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2010, 04:36:17 AM »
But do these qualify as aircraft? I would see the US Space Shuttle to be more of a cross between a glider and a brick. It can't really take to the skies under its own power, and is not primarily designed for operations in the atmosphere.

Same with the Apollo program. They simply pass through the atmosphere. No an aircraft doesn't need to be reusable...and I know a few that don't land on tyres, but the Apollo capsules really only fell out of the sky after missions  ;)

I like the idea of this topic, though. Especially if "expensive" can be viewed in the time of each aircraft. What was expensive then is often shadowed by more recent projects.

Under that argument... the Wright Brothers had the most expensive aircraft of their time!  :D

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Re: The Most Expensive aircraft in History??
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2010, 05:56:17 AM »
I would assume the B-2 has to be one.
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Re: The Most Expensive aircraft in History??
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010, 06:29:49 AM »
Most expensive individual aircraft or the cost of the project?

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Re: The Most Expensive aircraft in History??
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2010, 06:47:32 AM »
Grip- you would come up with something like that!!
Let's say program cost divided by airframes= cost per aircraft.
I feel the shuttle was more expensive than Apollo, and the B-2 doesn't come close.
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Re: The Most Expensive aircraft in History??
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2010, 05:09:08 PM »
I agree with Recce. I think you should separate conventional aircraft from spacecraft. Spacecraft expenses are always exorbitant due to exotic materials and requirements necessary to operate in zero atmosphere/zero gravity. Too much disparity to include them together. Hence my pick of the B-2. I think that is the most expensive unit-cost, conventional, normally aspirated, atmosphere-restricted aircraft.
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Re: The Most Expensive aircraft in History??
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2010, 11:11:08 AM »
A380?

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Re: The Most Expensive aircraft in History??
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2010, 09:54:50 PM »
OK, If it's gotta be earthbound, then the B-2 wins hands down at over 1 billion per copy.
Some Keyhole satellites cost over 4 billion to put in orbit. 
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Re: The Most Expensive aircraft in History??
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2010, 09:44:17 AM »
So, I think the shuttle program cost about 170 billion, and the apollo program about 140 billion, making the shuttle the most expensive "spaceplane" (aircraft to me) in history---so far.
And B-2's are now said to have cost 2 billion per copy!
Wow!

 



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