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The B-52's Relatively Low Cost Per Flight Hour As Compared to Other Heavy Bombers

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

From Top to Bottom: B-2 Spirit, B-52H Stratofortress and B-1B Lancer

According the November 2022 GAO report on "Weapon System Sustainment." the cost per flying hour for Air Force's three main heavy bombers is

  • B-52H Stratofortress: $88,354/hour

  • B-2 Spirit: $150,741/hour

  • B-1B Lancer: $173,014/hour

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