Is what it takes to fly , especially if your plane is the Sukhoi SU-27 (still two available!) or perhaps an F-104 Starfighter. Ian Pringle decided he had to have his very own nuclear bomber, a Blackburn Buccaneer S.2. It required a little effort:
Flying the Buccaneer poses a particular problem for a private pilot and fast jet novice: it only has one set of controls. So your first flight is effectively your first solo. This was my challenge. As I walked around this enormous 64 ft long, 16 ft high, 41,000 lb machine, I felt some serious doubt creep in. Why was I was doing this?
Military aircraft are expensive to acquire, maintain and the fuel is non trivial for general aviation pilots. Suddenly, filling up the tank on the SUV seems pretty good compared to a 2,000 gallon fill up.