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Air Force Rejects ‘Baconator’ As Name For New Bomber
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.”
It has been a deadly year for Green Berets, with every active-duty Special Forces Group losing a valued soldier in Afghanistan or Syria.
A total of 12 members of the Army special operations forces community have died in 2019, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. All but one of those soldiers were killed in combat.
In Afghanistan, Army special operators account for 10 of the 17 U.S. troops killed so far this year. Eight of the fallen were Green Berets. Of the other two soldiers, one was attached to the 10th Special Forces Group and the other was a Ranger.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Documents from the Pentagon show that "far more taxpayer funds" were spent by the U.S. military on overnight stays at a Trump resort in Scotland than previously known, two Democratic lawmakers said on Wednesday, as they demanded more evidence from the Defense Department as part of their investigation.
In a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the heads of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee and one of it subcommittees said that while initial reports indicated that only one U.S. military crew had stayed at President Donald Trump's Turnberry resort southeast of Glasgow, the Pentagon had now turned over data indicating "more than three dozen separate stays" since Trump moved into the White House.
QUANTICO, Va. -- Marines who spend much of their day lifting hefty ammunition or moving pallets full of gear could soon get a helping hand.
The Marine Corps is close to signing a deal to test an exoskeleton prototype that can help a single person move as much as several leathernecks combined.
The Air Force is working on a ‘flying car’ to replace the V-22 Osprey — and it could take flight sooner than you think
'Agility Prime' sounds like a revolutionary new video streaming service, or a parkour-themed workout regimen, or Transformers-inspired niche porno venture.
But no, it's the name of the Air Force's nascent effort to replace the V-22 Osprey with a militarized flying car — and it's set to take off sooner than you think.
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