Air Force: Bait and Switch On Stealth

Bait and Switch On Stealth

The real reason the Pentagon unveiled the hitherto secret F-117A Stealth fighter last week was not to show off a nifty new plane or demonstrate military glasnost. It was part of a campaign to persuade Congress and the public to build another, far more expensive, radar-evading Stealth plane: the B-2 bomber. But while the Air Force purchased 59 Stealth fighters for a total cost of $6.26 billion, it wants to buy 132 Stealth bombers for a staggering ^ $72 billion. Some critics say the B-2 program could actually cost more than twice that.

The color photographs and eight-minute video of the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!