The next US Air Force Bomber that you won't be able to see on radar has finally got a name.
The B-21, the future successor to the B-2 stealth bomber has been named the B-21 Raider in honour of the Doolitlle raiders from the Second World War. The B-21 Raider is expected to enter service in the US Air Force in the mid 2020s.
However, the name could have ended up being anything random, even something as bad as Bomby McBomberface. This was due to the fact that the United States Air Force with all its collective might and brains decided to let the people of the interweb name the next plane that will terrify the enemies of the states.
Thankfully, two airmen, Lt. Col. Jaime I. Hernandez of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron commander based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Tech. Sgt. Derek D. White a emergency management craftsman from the 175th Civil Engineering Squadron, based at Maryland Air National Guard came up with the Raider name.
The name raider honours the Doolittle raiders whose surprise attack on Japan proved a morale boost for the United States just four months after Pearl Harbour attack.
What made the naming ceremony even more interesting was the presence of Richard E. Cole, the 101-year-old retired lieutenant colonel, who is the last survivor stil alive from that raid on Tokyo in April 1942.