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Model airplanes to not compare to real ones.They may operate using the same laws, but are much, much different, you can`t comapre the two.
to get an idea.
Even if it`s from the 1970ies, an airplane still is in excellent shape, even more so then your two year old car. Mostly due to the extra care given to something which goes 200 kph at 5,000 feet.
A jet plane, single engine, hmmm, Well, sometimes people strap rockets to Their Pitts Specials. Otherwise, I think An Italien Company made one awhile back.
Jet planes can easily run you up 100,000$ usd, even if it`s a single seater. Don`t even think about buying a new one.
And awsome footage of him partaking in a race where he finished second:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RORdv7Ux9...
F-18 pilots don`t even pull that much on a day to day basis!