I have 130 Facebook friends if we each had good jobs and paid 15k in Federal Withholding taxes, that gives us 1.9$ million/year in tax income for the feds.
One B52-H has a fuel capacity of 48,000 gallons, commercial fuel rates are around 5.99$/gal, lets say they only use one tank per week, this comes to 14.9$ million just in fuel per year. F.o.r o.n.e. (admittedly big) a.i.r.p.l.a.n.e.
Point being it takes a crap ton of people each paying a lot to support our military. (I have no gripe with the military or those that serve you could do this with NASA or TSA just as easily!!!) Just making a point on how expensive all this is by putting it in some context. Fine there are 100,000,000 people paying tax, but when you think that a small towns entire tax bill might not cover the fuel bill for one airplane it puts things in perspective.