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The Air Force's new B-21 Raider is set to fly sometime in December 2021, Air Force Magazine reported Wednesday, citing Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen "Seve" Wilson.
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A new report from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) suggests that the Air Force should build a minimum of 164 Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider stealth bombers.

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Back in December, Donald Trump tweeted that Boeing should “cancel” the development of a next-generation Air Force One fleet, calling the costs of the $3.2 billion program “out of control.” (In his tweet, Trump quoted the price tag at $4 billion, for reasons unknown.) Now, Aviation Week is reporting that a panel of aerospace and defense analysts has proposed a new solution: Drop the U.S. Air Force’s 747-8-based Air Force One and opt instead for either a Northrop Grumman B-21 stealth bomber, or a Boeing 737 fleet.

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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.

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