Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)
Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, the 101-year-old co-pilot of World War II’s Jimmy Doolittle, announced that the official name of the Air Force’s newest B-21 bomber would be the “Raider,” according to War Is Boring.
But that wasn’t the only name suggested.
In May, the service opened the naming process to submissions over the Internet. But they may have underestimated how much service members would want to participate. All in all, 4,600 names were suggested, and some of them were … unorthodox to say the least.
Our favorite submission? The Baconator — you know, like the Wendy’s burger topped with six strips of thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon?
But there were some other great ones on the list, like “Lurking Sasquatch,” “Hole In The Sky To Throw Money Into,” and “Triangle Thingy.”
There was even a submission that followed suit with the British decision to allow submissions, which resulted in a resounding desire to call a research vessel “Boaty McBoatface.” But in the case of the B-21, it was “Bomber McBombface.”
War Is Boring submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for the rest of the submissions. On Sept. 21, after an appeal, the Air Force responded with this epically long list of incredible B-21 names, most of which are more exciting than “Raider.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.