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Nowadays the best option for fast travel is by airplane, but the world’s billionaires aren’t exactly flying economy class with the rest of us. They have a significantly different, more privileged experience of air travel. Some billionaires are making their airplanes as flying hotels, outfitting and pimping their million dollar flying machines. Meanwhile, organizations, such as US military, spend their millions to invest in the most technologically advanced, safest and most practical aircraft.

It doesn't matter if those aircraft are used as luxurious private jets or powerful military aircraft, they are expensive and worth seeing.

So, here is the list of 10 most expensive planes in the world:

1. B-2 Spirit – $737 million

2. Air Force One – $660 million

3. Airbus A340-300 – $600 million

4. Airbus A380 Superjumbo Jet – $500 million

5. Boeing BBJ 777-8 – $410m

6. F-22 Raptor – $350 million

7. C-17A Globemaster III – $328 million

8. Boeing 747 – $153 million

9. Trump’s Boeing 757 – $100 million

10. BD-700 Global Express – $47.7 million

What Are The Most Expensive Planes In The World?

1.B-2 Spirit – $737 million

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The B-2 Spirit was first launched in 1989. The fighter plane was built by Northrop. The highlight design is the “continuous curvature” which deflects radar. Its radar cross-section is just 1.1 square feet. The bomber saw its first action in the Kosovo War in 1989. The B-2 costs around $135,000 per hour to operate. The B-2 tops out at 1,010 km/hour.

The program to develop it was initiated during the Carter administration in the late 1970s. Northrop was chosen to build this fighter plane. The highlight of its design is a technique called “continuous curvature” which deflects radar. In fact, its radar cross-section is just 1.1 square feet – the size of a pigeon. The bomber was first deployed in action in the Kosovo War in 1989 where it flew 50 sorties.

The B-2 costs about $135,000 per hour to operate. It has a flying range of 6,000 nautical miles, and refuels every six hours. The plane has amenities such as a hot plate to prepare food, a bed, and a toilet. One pilot can sleep at a time on long missions, minimizing fatigue during round-the-clock flights. The fighter jet has a quadruple fly-by-wire flight control system, split brake-rudders, and differential thrust to maneuver which keeps its radar cross-section low. Its engines are concealed in the wing, hiding fan blades from radar, and reducing the engine’s heat signature to prevent detection by infrared tracking systems. Finally, the B-2 can hit a top speed of 1,010 km/hour.

2.Air Force One – $660 million

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Air Force One is a triple-decker aircraft with 4,000 square feet of space. The plane reaches speeds of 650 miles per hour. In the case of medical emergencies, there is a mini-hospital on board with specialist doctors and an operation theater. The aircraft is designed to survive meteor strikes and nuclear war. If it’s ever attacked it can deploy flares to counter heat-seeking missiles, and also has radar jamming technology. Needless to say, Air Force One is the safest aircraft on planet Earth.

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3. Airbus A340-300 – $600 million

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The A340-300 can hold 295 passengers and cover up to 7,400 nautical miles during a single flight. It first entered into service with Air France and Lufthansa in 1993. Lufthansa is the largest buyer of this model and operates a fleet of 30. As of 2017, there were 104 Airbus A340-300s in operation around the world.

4. Airbus A380 Superjumbo Jet – $500 million

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The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body plane with four massive engines. The Saudi prince uses one which includes a prayer room that rotates so that it always faces Mecca. The plane also has storage bays for his horses, camels, and cars. The plan is the world’s largest commercial aircraft. The plane has a total capacity of 525 people in a three-class setup or 850 in a single class set up.

5. Boeing BBJ 777-8 – $410m

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Known for also being the longest-range private jet available on the market, the twin-engine Boeing Business Jet 777-8 is arguably the most expensive private jet in the world, costing upwards of $410m depending on your choice of customization. With a range of over 11,500 nm (nautical miles), it can fly up to 75 passengers across the globe without stopping, making it perfect for making those long haul flights as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Featuring a spacious 3,256 sq. ft cabin, the interiors of the BBK 777-8 can be customized to your liking and can include a range of interior spaces including lounges, dining rooms, bedrooms, and conference rooms. On launching the aircraft, Boeing commissioned three leading design firms (Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation, and Unique Aircraft Design) to create concepts for the cabin, showcasing the way it can be transformed to suit the tastes of an individual buyer.

6. F-22 Raptor – $350 million

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The F-22 Raptor is widely considered the best overall combat plane in the world, and it’s also the most expensive. This single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter was developed for the US Air Force by Lockheed Martin. The F-22 Raptor can shoot down enemy cruise missiles, fly at supersonic speeds for long distances, and can avoid nearly all types of radar detection, making it one of the best fighter planes in the world. Here is this raptor refueling operation.

7. C-17A Globemaster III – $328 million

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This Boeing plane was developed for the US Air Force, and it is one of their largest military transport aircrafts. The C-17A is used for strategic and tactical airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo, medical evacuation, and airdrops.

8. Boeing 747 – $153 million

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The 747-8 is one of Boeing´s most successful models. An unnamed client has customized his private plane with luxuries such as fully equipped bathrooms, private living room, a master suite with stunning views, a guest cabin with en-suite bathroom, and a private office. Other amenities include big screen TVs, low tables, two living areas with sofas, dining room for 14 guests, and a large meeting room. The client spent about $200 million for the facilities. No wonder the plane finds a place in our list of most expensive planes. This amazing aircraft can hit a speed of about 645 miles per hour on a 9,200-mile flight.

9. Trump’s Boeing 757 – $100 million

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One of the highlights of the Boeing 757 is a glass cockpit with large computer screens that display flight info. It has a self-checking feature that alerts pilots about issues before they bloom into emergencies. Trump’s plane is one of the fastest in the world and can hit more than 500 miles per hour powered by two Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofan engines that can keep it afloat for 16 hours.

A regular Boeing 757 can seat up to 200 people, but Trump has refurbished his plane to accommodate only 23 passengers. Apart from the two bedrooms, it has a private guest room, dining room, and a video room with cinema system. Trump pays a lavish price for these amenities and shells out about $10,800 for a one-hour flight including fuel.

10. BD-700 Global Express – $47.7 million

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The BD-700 Global Express is a twin-engined long-range corporate plane that was designed to cater to the demand for ultra long range business flights. It was first delivered for usage in 1999. The plane has distinctive winglets on its low/swept wing and a swept T-tail with swept horizontal stabilizer. The twin engines are mounted on the rear fuselage and there are 13 cabin windows on each side. The aircraft has a cruising speed of 505 knots and a range up to 6700 nautical miles.

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