US World War II aircraft cost

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  1. Micdrow

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    Found this document tonight. Found it very interesting. Its the cost of American WWII aircraft from 1939 to 1945. Amazing on how the value of these aircraft have went up.

    Enjoy Micdrow :lol:
     

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    jeez that P-47's expensive... even in '45 she's more expensive than a P-80 and not far short of a C-47... a very interesting read...........
     
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    It is also interesting to see that the B-32 is labeled as a "heavy bomber" like the B-17 and b-24, whereas the B-29 was labeled "very heavy bomber". The B-32 was certainly closer to the B-29 in size than the B-17/24.

    It is also interesting to note that the P-51 was the cheapest first line fighter being half the cost of the P-38 and also much lower than the P-47.
     
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    Interesting how the cost of almost every plane went down. I'm guessing due to mass production / ordering in quantity.
     
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    I wish I had a list of how much they were sold at the end of the war. I hear that alot of aircraft of all types went real cheap for scrap metal. While others were just burned, smashed, blown up or dumped into the sea even though they were full functional just so they wouldnt have to be brought back to the states.

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    A20's and P51's look like good value
     
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    Another reason to deploy the F4U1 rather than the P47. The Corsair cost the Navy $75,000 each.
     
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    There was an article in Warbirds International about a dentist in Alabama
    that bought a P-38 after the war for $12,500.00 with two spare engines !

    If he still has it it's probably worth 1.5 mil.

    I wonder how much money is tied up in "Glacier Girl" ?

    Charles
     
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    Paul Mantz bought a number of warbirds for a pittance. Much less than the dentist paid for the P38.
     
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    I too thought that the information was very informative. I'm trying to take a look at: Table 77 Aircraft Weight of all Factory Accepted Military Airplanes By Type of Airplane Jan 1940 to Aug 1945 (which can be found in the: Army Air Force Statistical Digest World War II). Any ideas on how to approach this? It seems that only certain Table(s) are advailable when I view the Digest, (less than a third) - and I have no ideas where else to view this information. Does this Air Technical Service Command (Monograph?) carry this particular table - as it does for the cost of individual aircraft (which is also one of the tables -Table 82 - carried in the AAF Statistical Digest)? If anyone has any ideas on how to retrieve this information, then please contact me at [email protected] Thanks alot.
     
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