posted on Sep, 3 2015 @ 12:29 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
I'll come back to my old car analogies again: The B-2 should be thought of as a flying Lotus Carlton or Porsche 959, a batsh*t insane piece of
engineering that shattered all expectations of what an aircraft (or car) could and should be. Just as anyone who is lucky enough to own a Lotus
Carlton or a Porsche 959 is STILL driving one of the fastest cars on the road, 25+ years after it rolled off of the assembly line, the B-2 is still to
this day one of the stealthiest and most capable attack craft flown, a quarter century after it's first flight.
But those capabilities that were decades ahead of their time came with a heavy cost, and just as the Carlton and 959 are temperamental maintenance
nightmares with engine rebuild intervals closer to most cars tire rotation intervals, the B-2 was and still is hideously expensive to keep in the
Times and technology have changed, though, and today, those same rough performance benchmarks can be reached by far more mundane vehicles. A modern
Ford Taurus SHO or Dodge Charger R/T, for instance, is every bit the performer as the Lotus, selling for half in 2015 dollars what the Lotus cost in
1990 ones. Similarly, the modern Nissan GT-R is damn-near identical, performance-wise, to the 959, only it costs $100k in 2015 compared to $225k in
1987. And both modern vehicles are every bit as reliable and inexpensive to keep on the road as your average Ford, Dodge, or Nissan.
Similarly, the I expect the LRS-B will likely cost $500 million apiece in 2015 dollars, compared to the B-2's $800 million apiece in 1990 dollars, be
just as invisible/deadly as the B-2 was (for everything but strategic "salt-the-earth" second-strike missions carrying dozens of B83s), and cost as
much to maintain as a couple F-35's.