US Air Force Unveils New B-21 Bomber

Home / Articles / External Non-Government


February 26, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: February 26 on

ORLANDO, Fla.—The US Air Force secretary unveiled the first official rendering of the new Long Range Strike Bomber and revealed its official designation: the B-21.

In a speech at the Air Force Association”s Air Warfare Symposium on Feb. 26, Secretary Deborah Lee James shared an artist”s concept design of the next-generation bomber, which will be built by Northrop Grumman. She also announced the plane”s long-awaited designation, calling it the B-21.

However, the Air Force still has not decided on a name for the new B-21, James said. She called on airmen to send in suggestions.

“So we have an image, we have a designation, but what we don”t yet have, we don”t yet have a name,” James said, “and this is where I”m challenging and I”m calling on every airman today … to give us your best suggestions for a name for the B-21, America”s newest bomber.”

The appearance of external hyperlinks on this DTIC website does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the United States DoD.