The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is on pace to be the world's most expensive weapons system ever. It was designed to be the plane to do it all, and, hypothetically, will eventually replace the F-16s, A-10s, and F/A-18s currently in service.
But while the F-35 sounds awesome in theory, it is exceptionally expensive and is riddled with problems.
The Pentagon estimates that the lifetime cost of this currently dysfunctional plane will be $1.45 trillion dollars. That's this much money: $1,450,000,000,000.
Here are 10 things America could do with $1.45 trillion instead of pay for these insanely expensive planes that don't really work:
1. Buy lunch for every child who lives below the poverty line for ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN YEARS.
According to the School Nutrition Association, the average school lunch costs $2.08 dollars, and 16 million children live in poverty. That's lunch for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade for 9 generations.
8. Pay for five years of tuition at a University of Texas at Austin for the entire population of Texas.
10. Give every single person on earth 2 malaria nets, 2 water filtration kits and at least 2 pair of durable shoes.
Every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria, 90 percent of people with malaria live in Sub-Saharan Africa. A long-lasting insecticidal mosquito net costs between $5 and $6 USD, and there are 884 million people in the world can't access clear water. A water filter that supports up to 25 people and lasts a lifetime costs $60. Over 2 billion people worldwide don't have adequate sanitation and suffer from soil-transmitted illnesses. The Shoe That Grows expands five sizes to accommodate growing feet.