A little division and one can estimate that we are paying a little more than $100 million per F-35 Lightening II. This is supposedly a deal, given that production was originally slated to cost $130 million a piece (on an aircraft that was suppose to cost under $50 million per plane).
An old firewall of Bill Whittle’s take on the F-35 Here
Popular Mechanics providing another comparison with the designs of the 70s, given on a per hour to fly basis Here
I suspect that so much money has been poured into the development of this aircraft of the future that our leaders have concluded that the nation can’t just abandon it now without producing some.