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State of the art fighter plane in 1945:

P-51 Mustang
Cost-$51,000
Inflation Adjusted Cost-$652,000

State of the art fighter jet in 2013:

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Cost-$237,000,000

Adjusted for inflation, the F-35 costs 363 times more than the P-51 when adjusted for inflation.

State of the art bomber in 1945:

B-17 Flying Fortress
Cost-$238,000
Inflation Adjusted Cost-$3.04 million

State of the art bomber in 2013:

B-2 Stealth
Cost-$1.05 billion (inflation adjusted from $737 million 1997 price)

Adjusted for inflation, the B-2 costs 345 times more than the B-17 when adjusted for inflation.

Yes, modern jet fighter/bombers are far superior to the P-51 and B-17 of yore, but I am comparing these aircraft in context to their own time. Each was/is the top of the line weapon with the latest technology America could muster then and now.

But, should are current versions cost 26+ times more the rate of inflation than their World War II counterparts?

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