Unlike last year, the July Fourth celebration will not include static displays on the mall of military ground equipment such as Bradley fighting vehicles. It was not immediately clear why the administration decided to eliminate the static displays this year, but their exclusion will likely reduce cost and crowds on the national mall.
Last year's celebration cost taxpayers more than $13 million, twice as much as previous celebrations, government watchdogs reported Thursday. The inclusion of military vehicles and Trump's attendance at the Lincoln Memorial drove up costs.
Mitchell said this year's flights are a ＇sunk cost,＇ adding＇these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.＇
※Bradley fighting vehicle:
An American infantry fighting vehicle.
A cost that has already been incurred and cannot be recovered.
The F-35 seems to be a textbook case of the sunk-cost fallacy.