How Much Does It Cost to rent US Air Force planes? Here’s how much bombers, fighters, & cargo planes go for

The Air Force has planned for every mission, but those planes aren’t always doing missions for the Air Force. The annual report from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) lists rates for “other DoD component user,” which are aircraft handled within the Defense Department and “all other user rates” which are for services outside the federal government.

In October, the Defense Department comptroller released the latest reimbursement rates for each service branch’s planes and helicopters.

These costs are generally calculated based on fuel use, wear and tear, and personal needs — the branch providing the aircraft also typically provides a pilot and crew, an Air Force spokeswoman told Business Insider.

The document lists four categories for reimbursement: other Defense Department components, other federal agencies, foreign military sales, and “all other.”

“When determining the hourly rate, agencies should utilize the appropriate rate category,” the document said. “The ‘all other’ annual billable rate will be used to obtain reimbursement for services provided to organizations outside the Federal government.”

Below, you can see Air Force aircraft reimbursement rates for users that fall into the “all other” category — that’s you.

Fighter jet Cost

  • F-35A — $18,501
  • F-22A — $38,005
  • F-15E Strike Eagle — $17,936
  • F-16C  — $8,000 and
  • F-16D — $8,696
  • A-10C Thunderbolt — $6,454
  • T-38C Talon — $4,156
  •  T-6A Texan —  $917

Bomber jet Cost

  • B-1B Lancer — $51,475
  • B-2A Spirit — $62,012
  • B-52H Stratofortress — $33,919

Cargo / Transport /Aerial-refueling tanker jets cost

  • C-5M Super Galaxy — $25,742
  • C-17A Globemaster III — $16,236
  • C-130J Super Hercules — $6,651
  • HC-130J Combat King II — $6,001
  • MC-130H Combat Talon II — $15,166
  • LC-130H — $5,774
  • AC-130J Ghostrider — $7,541
  • WC-130J — $4,472
  • WC-135C/WC-135W Constant Phoenix — $33,173
  • KC-46A Pegasus — $7,740

Airborne Early Warning  and reconnaissance aircraft

  •  E-4B — $73,123
  • OC-135B — $21,435
  • U-2S Dragon Lady — $12,496


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