This is the price of our United States Air Force.
We have a B-2 bomber force where losing one aircraft is significant.
We have the F-22, which will have to go through its second initial operating capability (IOC) by any-other-name; if the life-support system issue is ever resolved. Read here of how the maintainers are catching up on things; including mods that would normally not be done for years.
The "future" is with a fighter aircraft that is unproven. One potential bright spot with the F-35--only if major systems get to be consistently reliable--it should be easier to maintain even if it is more expensive to operate and maintain than what it replaces.
The USAF is going to get even smaller. Simply because every "modern" weapon system we want to field is gold plated.
JASSM from C-130s and C-17s?