Here's An Idea: The Air Force Builds 200 B-21 Stealth Bombers

Kyle Mizokami

Kyle Mizokami

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Here's An Idea: The Air Force Builds 200 B-21 Stealth Bombers

The B-21 has disappeared into the “black” world of military technology, and will only reemerge when the bomber is ready.

On October 27, 2015, nearly thirty-four years to the day after Northrop Grumman was awarded the contract to develop the first stealth bomber, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop a contract for a new bomber: the B-21 Raider. While many of the details of the Raider are shrouded in mystery, we do know a few things about it, and can infer others.

(This first appeared in 2017.)

The B-21 Raider bomber takes its name from both the twenty-first century and the legendary 1942 raid by Gen. James “Jimmy” Doolittle’s force of B-25 Mitchell bombers against targets in and around Tokyo, Japan. In invoking the Doolittle Raid, the Air Force is drawing attention to attack’s audacious nature, the strategic and tactical surprise, and the epic distances General Doolittle and his “raiders” flew to accomplish their mission.

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