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Cost of US WWII Aircraft
Note that the aircraft listed below are all Army Air Forces aircraft, with the original source being the Air Technical Services Command, Budget and Fiscal Office.  To date we have not been able to find any information anywhere in all of the literature and web sources on costs of US Navy Aircraft, with the exception of the Grumman F6F Hellcat, where I did see on one web page the cost being $50,000.  This cost does make some since as it was a high production aircraft and has comparable cost to the P-51. 

The costs given by the Air Technical services are "average cost per airplane is the weighted average cost on all programs approved during a designated fiscal year and represents the estimated cost of a complete airplane ready for flyaway, including factory installed ordinance and radio equipment." 

All values are in US Dollars.  To figure what the aircraft would cost in 2009 dollars use the following information:
1941 Cost X 14.72; 1942 Cost X 13.27; 1943 Cost X 12.5; 1944 Cost X 12.29; 1945 Cost X 12.02.

A P-51 Mustang built in 1945 at $50,985 times 12.02 would cost $612,839.70.  Compare this to the $140 million the F-22 costs today.

Company Aircraft Types Notes 1939-1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Other Manufacturers
Aeronca L-3   - $2,236 $2,460 - -  
Beech AT-7, AT-11 Twin Beech $76,425 $85,688 $68,441 - -  
  AT-10   $43,501 $42,688 - - - Globe
  C-43 Staggerwing - $49,524 $27,342 $27,332 -  
  C-45 Twin Beech $67,743 - $66,189 $52,507 $48,830  
Bell P-39   $77,159 $69,534 - $50,666 -  
  P-59   - - - $236,239 -  
  P-63     $60,277 $57,379 $59,966 $65,914  
Boeing B-17   $301,221 $258,040 - $204,370 $187,762 Douglas, Lockheed
  B-29   - $893,730 - $605,360 459,465 Bell, Martin
  PT-13, PT-17, PT-27   $10,022 $9,896 - - -  
Cessna AT-8, AT-17 Bobcat $41,701 $34,323 - - -  
  UC-78 Bobcat - $27,470 $33,797 - -  
Consolidated-Vultee B-24   $379,162 $304,391 - $215,516 - Douglas, Ford, North American
  B-32   - 4790,433 - $790,433 -  
  BT-13, BT-15   $25,035 $23,068 -   -  
  C-87 Liberator - - - $208,780 -  
  OA-10 (PBY)   $222,799 - - $216,617 $207,561  
Curtiss AT-9   $44,321 $44,392 - - -  
  C-46   $341,841 $314,700 $259,268 $233,377 $221,550  
  P-40   $60,562 $59,444 $49,449 $44,892 -  
Douglas A-20   $136,813 $124,253 $110,324 $100,800 -  
  A-26   $224,498 - $254,624 $192,457 $175,892  
  C-47   $128,761 109,696 $92,417 $88,574 $85,035  
  C-53   $136,399 $143,479 $150,470 - -  
  C-54   $516,553 $370,492 $400,831 $285,113 $259.836  
  C-74   - $1,213,445 - - -  
  P-70   $143,076 - - - -  
Fairchild AT-21   - $92,295 - - -  
  C-82   - - - $478,549 $210,233  
  PT-19, PT-23, PT-26   $9,710 $12,911 $11.100 $15,052 -  
  UC-61   - $12,208 $13,057 - -  
Grumman F6F       ~$50,000?      
Interstate L-6   - - $6,065 - -  
Lockheed A-28 (82) Twin Wasp powered Hudson - $118,704 - - -  
  A-29 (418) Cyclone powered Hudson - $118,080 - - -  
  C-60   - $216,881 $113.168 - -  
  C-69   - - $505,456 - -  
  P-38   $134,284 $120,407 $105,567 $97,147   Consolidated
  P-80   - - - $109,471 $71,840  
Martin A-30 Baltimore - $155,570 $151,017 - -  
  B-26   $261,062 $239,655 $212,932 $192,227 -  
North American AT-6   $29,423 $25,672   $22,952    
  B-25   $180,031 $153,396 $151,894 $142,194 $116,752  
  P-51   - $58,698 $58,824 $51,572 $50,985  
Noorduyn AT-16 AT-6A - $27,564 27,416 - -  
  UC-64   - - $36,811 $35,264 $32,427  
Northrop P-61   $649,584 $245,327 $180,711 - $199,598  
Piper L-4   - $2,432 $2,437 - -  
Republic P-47   $113,246 $105,594 $104,258 $85,578 $83,001  
Sikorsky R-4   - - $43,594 - -  
  R-5   - $59,488 $50,950 - -  
  R-6       $47,635     Nash-Kelvinator
Stinson AT-19 Reliant - $26,574 $22,496 - -  
  L-1   $25,419 - - - -  
  L-5   - $10,165 - $9,704 $8,323  
Taylorcraft L-2   - $2,779 $2,916 - -  
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