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John Greenewald
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February 27, 2016 - 10:05 pm
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On February 26, 2016, the United States Air Force announced the “next generation” bomber, the B-21. Although not much is known, they did issue a press release:

http://www.theblackvault.com/d.....ke-bomber/

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Is it just an upgraded variant of the B2, or completely new aircraft?  Must be an amazing aircraft. 

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According to the US Air Force, it is a new aircraft.

I think if it was a variation of the B-2, they would name it as such, like the B-2B, or B-2C, etc.

An example of this is the AV-8B Harrier. There was a AV-8A, but it was a failure, so they redesigned some of it, but it was still a variation, hence the different letter variation.

Here is some reference to the Harrier, if you are curious about the progression of the name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.....rrier_II 

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I think you would be right about variants, I wonder if this is another Northrop program, and maybe the composit materials are far different than the B2.  

It would be a toss up which would be more fun, a ride in the Space Shuttle, or a bombing mission on this baby.  

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What's cool to think about, is if they admit to this, what are they 'testing'? 

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Not sure why they need more of these, I worked on the original B1-B Lancer's, My stepfather helped develop the radar systems for the B2, Both planes are Fully functional and can destroy the planet many times over with fully operational Nuclear cruise missiles.

I can tell you that I have been inside the Cockpit, Bomb bays, Fuel Tanks and everywhere on those planes, I am VERY Proud of what we built and believe these planes can do exactly what we intended them for.

Again, not sure why we need more B2's - I think it's a Fake budget ploy to keep Northrop-Grumman in business or we will lose the capability to build advanced aircraft if they aren't building something all the time.

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