Posted By: pangloss
Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 01:22 pm Recommended by
If you look at this chart, it plots the logarithmic cost of one airplane extrapolated to the year 2030. The correlation of the normalized historical airplane data is high - a lot better than the data we used at the rocket ranch to forecast costs and labor hours.
By about 2055 the entire Defence budget will be required for one plane.
By about 2130 the entire GDP will be required. But take heart, it will be a hell of a plane. No doubt better than Capt. Kirk's Enterprise.
I couldn't find an updated chart, but the F-22 and F-35 are on the trend line. The new bomber they're planning ought to be breath-takingly expensive.