The B-21 Raider
It has officially been announced that the U.S. Air Force has named its futuristic long range bomber the B-21 Raider.
The brand new aircraft is smooth and sleek. It looks as if it came directly out of a science fiction film.
The name was chosen as the result of a naming contest the Air Force hosted. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the name at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference. The conference took place in National Harbor, Maryland this past Monday.
“Today I want to recognize three Airmen who answered the call to be a part of a new Air Force legacy and name our new bomber,” she said.
“The first two … submitted proposals that captured the essence of the bomber force and they are the winners of our contest.”
There were two joint winners announced in successfully naming the new bomber.
The first was Lt.Col. Jaime Hernandez, 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron commander.
The second was Tech. Sgt. Derek White, an emergency management craftsman from the 175th Civil Engineering Squadron.
James also recognized retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole. Cole had taken part in the Doolittle raid on Japan back in 1942. James made it a point to describe Cole as one of the greatest men of his generation.
The new and sleek bomber was built by Northrop Grumman. The B-21 Raider is the very first bomber that has been released in the 21st century.
The brand new aircraft is unique as it will allow the Air Force to launch from the U.S. and unleash airstrikes on literally any location in the world.
The Air Force revealed the very first concept image of the unique bomber in the beginning of 2016.
The Air Force has set plans to introduce the new aircraft in the mid-2020s.