The Top 5 Craziest and Most Expensive Military Plane Crashes

With Top Gun Maverick taking the box office by storm and making Tom Cruise one of the best-paid actors and producers of the year, the interest in fighter jets has definitely spiked.

While one is excused for conjuring thoughts of high-speed dog fights and missile-riddled explosions, real-life jet piloting comes with more risks than just an encounter with the enemy.

Today we draw back the curtain to unveil some of the most expensive plane accidents of the 21st century. Each one depicted in this article happened outside of wartime and is the result of either human or technological error.

On February 23, 2008, a B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, named Spirit of Kansas, bit the dust on the runway of the Andersen Airforce Base in Guam. The B-2 crashed seconds after wheels up, scraping its left wing to the ground before driving itself into a ball of dust just off the tarmac.

The B2 Crash of 2008 – $1.4 Billion Lost

Headlines went soaring when a Royal Airforce pilot crashed his F-35 plane into the Mediterranean in 2021 during a routine training mission. Upon descent, he lost control and landed the stealth fighter jet in the ocean, missing the aircraft carrier completely.

British F-35 Plane Crash – $120 Million Lost

The $115 million Lockheed F-35B Stealth Fighter was under the control of a Marine Airman when the pilot lost said control and the plane crashed to the ground on the runway of the Beaufort County Marine Corp Air station in South Carolina.

F-35B Plane Crash – $115 Million Lost

The plane crash took place in January 2022 in the South China Sea as the American naval forces were parading their might off the coast of China – a known ally of Russia.

US Navy Plane Crash of F-35C – $100 Million+ Lost

The plane crashed during a training flight. Fortunately, the Russian pilot managed to eject to safety and was retrieved by his armed forces near Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the country’s far east region.

Russian SU-57 Stealth Fighter Crash – $50 Million Lost

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