Extinct but not forgotten Staff Member
I disagree with all your points . . .A few hundred people? Really? Do you have any idea of the number of people required to keep a single 747 flying?
As to your references to the other projects...130,000 people on the Manhattan project. Did you read the whole reference? How many of them do you think had any idea of what the factory or housing or offices they were building were for? Look at just the cost of the project...miniscule compared to most Gov projects.
As for the F-117...the numbers may look big (since you highlighted them)...but thats 10 flights over a period of 24 hrs carrying an average of 74 people per flight. That's probably less than an hours worth of flights from Las Vegas McCarran. You are also talking about the same company that had done the SR71 and the U2 prior. Those employees knew how to keep their mouths shut.
Both of the above had specific defined goals. People weren't just told...go fly this plane and spray this stuff all over the world.
Your 2 dozen 747's has already been shot down elsewhere. Maybe someone else can direct you to the appropriate place.