posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 01:44 PM
The Air Force has released some rather interesting numbers recently. The 2015 Cost Per Flying Hour/Mission Capable rate report was received and it had
some fun numbers, including an almost obviously altered number to make a program look better.
The biggest change was the F-35A, which decreased by 37.6%, down to $42,200/hour to operate. That puts it $17,000 below the F-22 per flight hour. The
F-35As operating out of Hill AFB had the highest mission capable rate, at 80%. The Eglin F-35C is next, at 79%. The fleet wide average is 51%.
The F-16C came in at the cheapest of the fighters to operate, with a 73% MC rate. At the other end was the F-22, which had a 67% MC rate. The only
aircraft to have a 100% mission capable rate was the C-21, based on the Lear 35.
Now here's the fun one. In 2015 the RQ-4 Global Hawk decreased the CPFH by 5.7%, with 31 aircraft. Amazingly, in that same time frame, the 32 U-2S
platforms increased their CPFH by, wait for it, 5.9%.