The F-35 Fighter Plane Is Even More of a Mess Than You Thought

The US military's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is proving to be a pain in the neck in more ways than one.

Not only did the Pentagon spend almost $400 billion to buy 2,400 aircraft—about twice as much as it cost to put a man on the moon—the F-35 program is 7 years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget. This at a time when cuts in the defense budget are forcing the Pentagon to shrink the size of the military.

CBS 60 Minutes took a closer look at the troubled fighter plane a few months back, but their rebroadcast tonight seems like as good a reason as any to revisit one of the biggest ongoing budget debacles in U.S. military memory. [CBS]