National Military Security Commission aviation The United States (National Commission on Military Aviation Safety) summed up the non-combat losses of American military aviation in the period from 2013 to December 1, 2020. During this period, 186 aircraft and 224 pilots were lost, the report says.
According to the commission's calculations, in the period from 2013 to 2018, in 6 thousand non-combat-related aviation accidents, the US military aviation lost 157 aircraft of various types, as well as 198 pilots. The total cost of lost aircraft during this time amounted to $ 9,4 billion. For the period 2019-2020, the non-combat losses of US military aviation amounted to another 29 aircraft and 26 dead pilots. The damage amounted to $ 2,25 billion.
Thus, from 2013 to December 1, 2020, non-combat losses of American military aviation amounted to 186 aircraft and 224 pilots, and the total cost of lost aircraft was $ 11,6 billion.
The document emphasizes that despite the high costs of training flight personnel, the non-combat losses of US military aircraft are too large.
The cost of training fighter and bomber pilots is given as an example. In particular, the basic training of a qualified pilot for the F-16 is estimated at $ 5,6 million, and the F-22 at $ 10,9 million. The training of B-1 bomber pilots is estimated at $ 7,3 million, and the B-52 at $ 9,7 million. The training of pilots of military transport aviation is cheaper. According to the commission, the cost per pilot of the C-17 is 1,1 million dollars, the C-130J - 2,5 million. Training of pilots of reconnaissance aircraft and AWACS costs an average of 5,5 million dollars.