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The US Air Force’s next long-range bomber has a name: The RaiderThe B-21's name, selected through a contest, honors Doolittle's Raiders. The US Air Force has picked a name to go with the number for its next long-range bomber—even though it will be nearly a decade before the aircraft comes into service. After sifting through 2,100 unique names submitted in a contest run by the Air Force Global Strike Command (the successor to the Strategic Air Command), the Air Force's leadership selected "Raider" as the official name for the B-21. (arstechnica.com) More...
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Very fitting name! Glad to see the USAF continue to honor the legacy of the Doolittle Raiders selfless and historic service to our country.
It will be equally interesting to see what the nickname is that the troops come up with.
I like to call it the warthog.
The B21 will be a repeat of the F35 program unless from the top down cost, schedule and accountability and is managed like a commercial program. You have a small window in the commercial business to get you product on the market or you lose that share. In the military once the contract is let it seem like that attitude goes from "if we don' get it done today, we'll get it tomorrow".
I'll call it the B-2-Part-Deux.
I like that