84: Boeing X-32 "Monica", the Joint Strike Fighter
Ugly fat-lipped squat little thing, this was Boeing's entry into the Joint Strike Fighter contest. Many companies took part in the first phase of this project, which involved drafting concept aircraft designs for submission to the Department of Defense. However on 16 November 1996, only Boeing and Lockheed Martin were awarded contracts, allowing them to produce two of their concept aircraft each. Each was awarded $750 million to produce their two aircraft – including avionics, software and hardware. This limitation promoted the adoption of low cost manufacturing and assembly techniques, allegedly.
The X-32 featured a large chin-mounted air intake, and a large one piece carbon fiber composite wing. The large intake did not contribute to the characteristically sleek look expected from a high-tech fighter, since it makes the aircraft look like your mother. The wing was trapezoidal, spanning 9.15 meters, with a 55-degree leading edge sweep and could hold up to 20,000 pounds of fuel. The prototypes that Boeing built actually failed the Navy's requirements so the contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin's F-35, which is gracefully being funded (read: a money black hole) by her majesty's ministry of defence.