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Eleven most expensive fighter jet aircraft in the world

Updated on April 22, 2014

Of course, the list of fighter aircraft includes strategic bombers, stealth jets, and multifunctional combat aircraft and I am happy to prepare this list here. One more thing, I have marked the numbers to these fighter jets in reverse order, so the cheapest is displayed right here and the most expensive is at the end. Read on.

11.  F/A-18 Hornet: Cost 94 million USD

The F/A-18 Hornet was first used in a combat in Operation Desert Storm. This is an aircraft that can attack both air and ground targets. This aircraft is currently serving the United States Navy "Blue Angels" demonstration team and the US Navy in general. Other countries including Australia, Canada, Finland, Malaysia, Kuwait, Switzerland and Spain are also using F/A-18 Hornet. This aircraft is serving since 1980s.

An F/A-18 Hornet flying past another one.
An F/A-18 Hornet flying past another one.

10.  EA-18G Growler: Cost 102 million USD

The EA-18G Growler is a two seat American carrier-based warfare aircraft which is an improved version of the previous F/A-18 Hornet. This electronic attack aircraft is not only able to disrupt the anti-radar aircraft of the enemy, but it also interferes with enemy communications with its advanced electronic warfare technology.

EA-18G Growler complete view real pic
EA-18G Growler complete view real pic

9. V-22 Osprey: Cost 118 million USD

V-22 Osprey is a military warfare tiltrotor aircraft that is capable of performing short take and landing which is called VTOL technology and vertical take off and landing which is called STOL technology. It can land just like a helicopter, but do not consider V-22 to be just like a helicopter as it has the ability to fly faster and comes under the category of competent jet fighters. This unique aircraft become popular after it was first used in combat in Iraq in 2007. This aircraft is also famous for killing at least 30 marine soldiers and civilians due to some technical design and construction defaults at the time of its development but despite this the U.S. Marine Corps V-22 s Osprey finds groove in Afghanistan.

V-22 Osprey can fly like a plane and land like a helicopter.
V-22 Osprey can fly like a plane and land like a helicopter.

8.  F-35 Lightning II: Cost 122 million USD

This most advanced combat aircraft in the world was developed by Lockheed Martin as part of "Joint Strike Fighter Program" which is currently modified as Joint Advanced Strike Technology between United States of America and its allies. Between 2007 and 2008, there was some news all over the world that Cyber spies have infiltrated the computer network of JSF and have stolen design records containing thousands of codes for implementation of Joint Strike Fighter program which raised concerns that now it would be possible for the enemy to copy the design of the F-35 Lightning and could develop an improved version after knowing its weaknesses. In April of 2009, Lockheed Martin claimed that their program is not compromised and there are no security threats to their system.

122 million $US F-35 Lightning II
122 million $US F-35 Lightning II

7. B-1B Lancer Strategic Bomber: Cost 200 million USD

This strategic bomber was developed by Rockwell Foundation to serve the United States Air Force in 1980s to support a nuclear mission with numerous other planes. It is interesting to note that this strategic bomber as it name suggests is the backbone of USA’s long range bomber force.

B-1B Lancer Strategic Bomber Take off
B-1B Lancer Strategic Bomber Take off

6. E-2D Advanced Hawkeye: Cost 232 million USD

This 232-million-dollar aircraft is a very important step for surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition. This latest version of the previous E-2 Hawkeye has a powerful and advanced radar system that will increase approximately 300% the range of territory that an aircraft can handle. The development of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been completed and 2 test versions were sent to the United States Navy. US also offered Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to India which will serve the Indian Defense as a strategic defensive and spy aircraft.

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye - Latest version of E-2
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye - Latest version of E-2

5. VH-71 Kestrel: Cost 241 million USD

Recently, President Barack Obama ordered the design and construction of high-tech VH-71 Kestrel helicopters in order to replace the aging fleet of presidential helicopters but shortly after the inauguration of this, President Obama announced to suspend the production of this helicopter because of its high cost but finally on 22nd of July, the Committee on Appropriations of the United States House of representatives unanimously approved 485 million UDS to finance these big VH-71 Kestrel helicopters.

VH-71 Kestrel Large
VH-71 Kestrel Large

4.  P-8A Poseidon: Cost 290 million USD

The P-8A Poseidon is an improved version of Boeing 737 that will be used by the U.S. Navy to conduct anti-submarine warfare and intelligence activities. It is slated to carry missiles, torpedoes, and other weapons required by the US Navy but this 290 million dollar aircraft will enter service in 2013.

P-8A Poseidon - God of the Sea
P-8A Poseidon - God of the Sea

3.  C-17A Globemaster III: Cost 328 million USD

The C-17A Globemaster military warfare aircraft is used by the United States Armed Forces to move troops towards war zones. This aircraft will also help USAF in emergenc medical evacuation missions and to carry out launches of paratroopers. The C-17A Globemaster entered service in 1993 and since then, it has delivered troops and humanitarian aid in Iraq and Afghanistan.

C-17A Globemaster III thrusting
C-17A Globemaster III thrusting
C-17A Globemaster III Inner View seating arrangements
C-17A Globemaster III Inner View seating arrangements
F-22 Raptor Standing Stil
F-22 Raptor Standing Stil
F-22 Raptor in Stealth action
F-22 Raptor in Stealth action
Russian PAK FA - F-22 Raptor's latest competitor
Russian PAK FA - F-22 Raptor's latest competitor
Sukhoi PAK FA - F-22 Raptor's Latest Challenge
Sukhoi PAK FA - F-22 Raptor's Latest Challenge

2. F-22 Raptor Stealth Jet: Cost 350 million USD versus PAK FA New Launch by Russia

Special Report: Up until now, the F-22 Raptor had been the most advanced fighter jet in the world and was designed initially by company Lockheed Martin Corporation for the United States Armed Forces during the Cold War to confront and "compete" against next-generation Russian fighter jet which today is in the news. According to the Daily Times, Russia has produced an all-new advanced stealth fighter to rival against F-22 Raptor. This is a fifth generation fighter aircraft known as PAK FA which has been developed by the famous Sukhoi company and can travel above the speed of sound and is able to create or alter database from satellites and other planes while flying at its topmost speed. This report of Daily Times says that PAK FA’s launch test has been successful.

Now coming back to F-22 Raptor, it is well known that Raptor is a multi-mission high tech plane of its kind and can carry out missions including air to air combats, air to ground assaults, electronic warfare, can bring down enemy cruise missiles. F-22 can fly long distances at supersonic speeds as seen in the STEALTH movie and becomes invisible in front of all types of radar systems of enemies due to its stealth technology. F‑22 Raptor entered United States Armed Forces service officially in December 2005 as F-22A, but on July 21st, 2009, the United States Senate voted unanimously to stop production of 7 more than the 187 aircraft already ordered because of its high manufacturing costs.

1. B-2 Spirit Bomber: Cost 2.400 million USD

Oh my God. The B-2 Spirit bomber is so expensive that the United States Congress in 1987 reduced its initial purchase order from 132 to 21 aircraft. Currently, 20 B-2 Spirit are in service after the crash of one Spirit in 2008. The reason behind its being so costly is that a B-2 Spirit is very difficult to detect through infrared signals and electromagnetic or radar signals due to its highly advanced stealth technology. Due to this ability, this warfare aircraft can stealthily penetrate any enemy’s targets and destroy them anywhere in the world without being detected on the radars. B-2 Spirit was used in the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo.

B-2 Spirit Bomber - Most Expensive aircraft - A spaceship or a fighter jet
B-2 Spirit Bomber - Most Expensive aircraft - A spaceship or a fighter jet
B-2 Spirit bomber bombing the targets
B-2 Spirit bomber bombing the targets
B-2 Spirit is so costly that US stopped its production and currently there are only 20 B-2 Spirits in the world.
B-2 Spirit is so costly that US stopped its production and currently there are only 20 B-2 Spirits in the world.
B1B Lancer bomber Flying low
B1B Lancer bomber Flying low
Boeing's V-22_Osprey extremely powerful
Boeing's V-22_Osprey extremely powerful
f16_6 facing each other
f16_6 facing each other
f18c shooting twelve missiles at once
f18c shooting twelve missiles at once
Stealth fighter jet F35s gets invisible at the enemy's radar station
Stealth fighter jet F35s gets invisible at the enemy's radar station
Four F-16 fighter jets in one pic
Four F-16 fighter jets in one pic
Plane or Ship - brilliant masterpiece
Plane or Ship - brilliant masterpiece

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      Lauop 18 months ago

      I thought the title says 11 most expensive "fighter jets" -.-

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      Hi-Stanley 2 years ago

      Awesomely looking machines, U.S has nothing to fear with all these demolishing horrors....i like them but should be used for protection.. B-2 spirit bomber is my favorite.

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      totocaca 3 years ago

      Huge misstake this not the PAK-FA in picture but japanese mitsubushi ATDX... 5 th generation prototype

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      Samarkand 3 years ago

      I don't want to be a troublemaker but you seem to forget that your title says "in the world" and your list only presents US fighter jets. I won't deny that the US have the biggest army in the world (after all it spends more on military than the 14 other biggest spenders reunited) but not every jet fighter in the world is american.

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      D G Baliga 4 years ago

      Right from Write bros till today,unemaginable developments have taken place about Airplanes. Day is not far, when we will have an Aircraft powered by solar energy, flying for months around the World , without landing.

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      ricsar 4 years ago

      Nice fighter jets i love to try flying b-52 .

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      4 years ago

      no sorry soni2006

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      chaitanya 5 years ago

      does india has any techno to compete with these fighter planes

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      Rajinder Soni 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks wa ukweli.

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      wa ukweli 5 years ago

      good, keep up...............

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      Rajinder Soni 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your visit and comment Nitesh.

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      nitesh 5 years ago

      i love fighter jet

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      Rajinder Soni 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your visit da silva and geraldhakks.

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      geraldhakks 5 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I've always been fascinated by the sleek design of the B-2 Spirit bomber.

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      da silva 5 years ago

      all are good man here and are adviced for good and healthy comments with respect to religion and community and not to be biased towards certain country and religio n

      best wishes to all

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      Rajinder Soni 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @Carl, Tushar was confused. Thanks.

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      carl 5 years ago

      tushar, it says 2,400 million, which is the same as 2.4 billion.

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      Tushar 5 years ago

      b2 bomber is 2.4 BILLION not MILLION.

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      dilip singh 5 years ago

      masterpieces of aircraft technology are here

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      Nelson 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for the infor,i love war jets,tell us more about drones

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      patel 5 years ago

      i want to sprite bomber video........................

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      PRADEEPSABHAPATHY 5 years ago

      GOD OR NATURE HAS MADE YOU WHAT YOU ARE TODAY,PLEASE NOTE AS POWERFUL AS YOU ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY ALSO EQUALS YOUR POWER,HAVING SAID THIS ITS ALSO YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SERVE & PROTECT,GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.

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      prem 5 years ago

      great, its awesome......man made toys are really cool....i love jets

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      reynaldo a. mangaccat 5 years ago

      i hope some day these fighter jets will serve as passanger jet

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      sheye el nino 5 years ago

      this is amazin

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      fredddy 5 years ago

      that fighters are so good,but the men who command to that fighters are so bad in us.

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      Aswin.KP 5 years ago

      Unbeleaveable! Sir, those planes were awseme. If I will get a lot of money I will like to buy a F - 35 Lightning II.

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      jabbirds 6 years ago

      when i was young, i dream to have that and play on it just like my rich neighbor playing on it, but it was a toy..... i promise to my self someday ill be the best pilot to fly any one of them, but until now my dream is just an only dream...when i watch it just only pretending i am the one on the picture flying that expensive thing

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      RD 6 years ago

      This is sweet. Can you give us info about nuclear submarine. :)

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      Farrukh 6 years ago

      Very nice information provided hare about different air warriears but one thing i want to answer AMIRPAKISTAN and COOLISLANDER that PLZ do not define the right or wrong about Pakistan because this thing does not cover the real fact.

      This hub is about technology and plz just only talk about technology.

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      Lenard Lieu 6 years ago

      I hope I can see a Israel airplane without driver!!very cool!

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      onet 6 years ago

      i wish to be closer to those who are using these plans to stop brutality of those who are not civalized like ditactors, i would like to urge them to pulverize those who are left, use technologe till they are finished who is next? they all don't worth living

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      onetnkala@gmail.com 6 years ago

      esh i wish to be a war fitgher one day these planes make me craze

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      mithil gangar 6 years ago

      i want to become a grestpilot of this world

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      marcus cedars 6 years ago

      this is awesome,just what'av been looking for.

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      SAJID 6 years ago

      where is the eurofighter typhoon in this list?

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      buddhavys 6 years ago

      this is why inda buys from russia , they cost less & are most compatable to indian conditions , aslo thay have more advanced technology

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      12344321 6 years ago

      lol , i wonder why scientist hadn't come up with vector thrust 60 years ago lol , when i think of how to fly a plane , the most obvious is thrust vectoring and not elerons ... anyway the planes of the future are UAVs , those are nice but in 2030 the raptor is probably gonna be one of the US's last manned fighters ;D

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      sujin 6 years ago

      so niice

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      karthikeyan 6 years ago

      chanceless collection soni

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      venkatesh 6 years ago

      very nice collection sony

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much David, Waqas, and hotgirl for your visit and comments.

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      hotgirl 6 years ago

      f22 rapter is all bost best please purchase

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      waqas 7 years ago

      This aircraft technology is on one hand thretning our world but on the other hand making us strenghthful againset possible future threts of alians.

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      DavidLivingston 7 years ago

      I did not dream to be a pilot but it interests me to feel how to fly.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the comment reynaldo.

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      reynaldo 7 years ago

      amazing performance and excellent maneuver by class a pilot

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Carlos. I hope you visit again.

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      Carlos M 7 years ago

      Thanks alot!! For sharing all this awesome pics,

      none the less all the info on this highly cost planes

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Simon, you are so much in love with America.

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      Simon A Agostino 7 years ago

      I am always amazed by the inventions of the United States of America. I love to see the aircrafts specially B-2 witch is very interesting and very expensive. It is America's the best invention in American history. It is very nice that enemies can't detect it or can't see it in operation. If I get money, I will buy six of the B-2 and send them to Eritrea for the peace and security of the country. I am amaze by the technology and the great scientists of Americans. I love president George W. Bush, president Clinton, President Ronald Regan, president Gimmy Charter and George Washington. I love also all the American people. I love you. Thank you for giving me this chance.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the info and link to fly military aircraft.

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      fly military aircraft 7 years ago

      Its really the great and the costlier one aircraft with fabulous fighter aircraft facilities with all the latest and modern technology.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot seakay. I am happy and satisfied.

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      seakay 7 years ago

      Well researched! Thorough and very infomative.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure mshah. Will write and publish more on aircrafts and helicopters.

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      mshah 7 years ago

      very informative ....... thanks for sharing all this

      regards,

      mshah

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure Captain Chris.

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      captainchris 7 years ago

      Hi,

      I livesd this hub page post!!

      Thoses planes were soo sweet!!

      I would love to fly every one of them!

      Thanks for sharing this with us it was very good to learn about.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @borge_009, I think in the coming years, some planes will come which will be much more costlier than these because they will more technologically advanced and all these things require a lot of money.

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      borge_009 7 years ago from Philippines

      Awesome planes. I hope I can own one. LOL. Thanks for he info. I didn't realized these planes would costs that much

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Frisko for your visit and comment. I will definitely visit your site today.

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      Frisko 7 years ago from Newbury Park

      awsome pictures, i wonder what other aircrafts the military keeps secret? BTW Look at my site for An Internal cumbustion engine breaak through!!!!!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the expensive link Mr. David M. Allen.

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      David M. Allen 7 years ago

      You have a dream to fly fighters plane? Here you can complete your dream and can fly MiG 29, MiG 31 and L-39 flights. Click on Fly fighters

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot FGual for your appreciation. Regarding the word AIRCRAFTS, I have corrected it. Thanks for the feedback friend as it makes more sense now.

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      FGual 7 years ago from USA

      Terrific hub. You have gone into great detail here.

      Keep in mind that the word aircraft is plural, thus the letter S at the end is unnecessary.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure quicksand.

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Grrrrreat hub, Raj, thanks a lot!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I am also a lover of fighter jets that's why I know what my readers want. Thanks a lot Mr. Malleswara Rao for your appreciation of compilation of this jet fighters photo gallery.

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      P.R.MALLESWARA RAO 7 years ago

      ECELLENT PHOTO GALLERY I CANNOT FIND SUCH IMAGES IN MY LIFE.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Hmrjmr1 and Veronica. Actually I having some problems in uploading pics to this hub and when this problem will sort out, you will have a much better view of this hub.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      This was really cool - Thanks Sonni.

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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      very interesting Hub Soni, Good job !!