1959 RAND Progress Curve Computer

If it cost $5 million to produce ten military aircraft  how much would it cost to produce 100 or 500  if the cost per plane declined due to economies of scale [learning curve, bulk buying etc.]? This  Progress Curve Computer dates from the Cold War days when the USAF could buy a plane for $500K rather than for a sum equivalent to the GNP of a small nation. It allowed the USAF to calculate how much it should be paying for large orders of military aircraft.

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