The Real Reason Behind the Raptor's Price Tag?

OK, so even though there's still some secrecy surrounding the F-22 Raptor, it's safe to say that contrary to what we see in the new movie Transformers, it can't turn into a giant anthropomorphic robot capable of swinging between city buildings like a monkey, then switching back in mid-air into an advanced fighter jet. For the estimated $300 million-plus the U.S. Air Force is paying for the first round of Raptors, though, we sort of think it should. Clearly the moviemakers think highly of the Raptor: According to the Transformers Web site, the alien robot Starscream chooses to resemble the F-22 because it's the "pinnacle of human technical achievement." And, you know, morphing into an iPhone wouldn't really be all that intimidating.—Gregory Mone