The 6 Most Expensive Supersonic Planes Ever Built

After the retirement of the Concorde in 2003, most supersonic designs have yet to reach production and use. Let’s take a look at the most expensive supersonic planes ever built. Keep reading to find out!

The Concorde: $2.8 billion

The Concorde also stands as only one of the two commercial passenger planes to pass Mach 1. From 1976 to 2003, the Concorde shuttled passengers across the Atlantic Ocean in just 3.5 hours. In 2022, it takes flights 7 hours to fly from London to New York.

Tupolev TU-144: Total Cost Unknown

The TU-144 first hit supersonic speeds in 1969 and, in 1970, became the first commercial plane to hit Mach 2. In 1973, an unfortunate crash at the Paris Air Show killed the entire crew and many people on the ground.

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor: $350 million

The first flight of the F-22 Raptor took off in 1997 and the aircraft went into service for the USAF in 2005. With a combination of stealth, speed, and maneuverability, the F-22 Raptor is a vital piece in the U.S. Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II: $251 million

The main reason the F-22 Raptor was discontinued was the less expensive and more versatile F-35 model that has taken its place in the U.S. military lineup. Coming in from Lockheed Martin at nearly $100 million cheaper, the highly maneuverable replacement was inevitable.

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