The C-17 and the F-22 have a lot in common.
As aircraft development programs, they both:
- were born in the late 1980s, survived a painful upbringing through the early- to late-1990s and had reached maturity at about the turn of the century
- cost about the same. It’s about $62 billion to deliver 185 F-22s, including two that crashed. It’s about $62 billion to deliver 190 C-17s
- are both supposed to die by the end of the decade …
- … but neither the US Air Force or Congress seem inclined to let them