On Tuesday, the Air Force gave us our second glimpse of America’s newest stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, in two never-before-seen pictures taken inside the same Palmdale hangar the bomber was originally unveiled from. These images were reportedly taken prior to the unveiling, but were only released this week.
These two new pictures include a close-up of the Raider’s unusually shaped windscreens, which we’ve discussed at length before, as well as another view of the bomber itself from a higher angle than previous glimpses.
That image taken from a higher angle gives us our clearest view yet of the B-21’s unusual jet inlets, which are recessed within the blended wing body to minimize the bomber’s radar return. This represents one of the most striking differences between the Raider and its precursor, the Northrop B-2 Spirit.
The Northrop Grumman-led B-21 effort began in 2015 under the unassuming title of Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) and has since then served as a clinic in secrecy in the modern era. Despite the presence of high-resolution cameras in just about every pocket these days, not a single image of the B-21 has managed to leak onto the internet over seven years of development and with six test-model aircraft already nearing completion.
The B-21 Raider will enter service sometime in the mid-2020s, followed by the Air Force’s Next Generation Air Dominance fighter in the mid-2030s and the Navy’s F/A-XX fighter shortly after that.
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Only white people should fly this .
My name is Virginia Big Soldier Wells and I am FBI-full blooded Indian. I’m having motherly issues with my son’s and nephews. Who are indecisive about what to do after high school type career issues. A thought occured to me, the government has never had a native American who was a naval aviator? I truly admire and love to watch aircraft’s fly in and out of nellis air force base. Totally love your guy’s work. Thank you for your services. Not to mention my favorite movie is top gun. Keep up the good work guy’s.
Don Lemon says
Who gives a shit injun boy!
You obviously have only an elementary school education because you can’t spell. I honestly have pity for you because you’re leading a very sad and lonely life and have no business having anything to do with the military. Hatred has no place in today’s society.
Why be so cruel. Nothing else better to do?
Obviously, you’re an ignorant redneck pussy hiding behind words.
Jon Jones says
I can see by you’re comment that you’re carrying around a significant amount of hatred & you’re grammar could use a little help as well, so please go back to eating crayons & let the grown-ups do the posting !
Sorry to say but there DEFINITELY have been Native American Naval Aviators…. The first was during WWII. His name is Thomas Oxendine from North Carolina….
AA- ron says
Everyone should have the chance to be and do what they dream, but if you can’t cut it, if it be a doctor,a pilot or soldier, we should never lower the standards. The US is the most giving and compassionate people on the planet, but are strong must always lead the point or we lose everything!
My name is Virginia Big Soldier Wells and I am FBI-full blooded Indian. I’m having motherly issues with my son’s and nephews. Who are indecisive about what to do after high school type career issues. A thought occured to me, the government has never had a native American who was a naval aviator? I truly admire and love to watch aircraft’s fly in and out of nellis air force base. Totally love your guy’s work. Thank you for your services.
Don Lemon says
I heard that you’re actually a full- blooded piece of shit injun boy.
Shut up raciest. You’re the reason the US has gone to hell.
Navy Veteran SH-3 Plane Captain says
To D. Lemon
So sad that you ate lead paint from the window sill as a child, I see you as one of those 28 year old losers who sit behind a computer screen in mommies basement closet gratifying yourself with tissues at hand while watching pornography. Then posting hateful speech about those who strike a epic life of excellence. Yes, I have Native American blood in my veins along with Italian, Greek, Balkan, European, African. It is a shame that people like you convert a post about military aircraft into.a racist rant!