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B-21 Raider Officially Heading To Edwards Air Force Base For Testing

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posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 05:49 PM
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I don't know if this has been posted yet but,

But the big takeaway here is not just that the B-21 will indeed execute its test program out of Edwards AFB, but that it will be rolling out of the shadows to do so soon, at least according to the 412th Test Wing's boss. 

Makes one wonder how far along the building of the B-21 is.

Curious is that this comes a week after Putin describes new nukes.

B-21 Raider headed to Edwards AFB for testing




posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 05:57 PM
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a reply to: bigx001

Another billion dollar bomber? To project force-- erm, Democracy abroad , no doubt.

Meanwhile, other countries are investing in small light weight weapons systems, that deliver warheads without a huge expensive platform needed to fly them all the way there.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:02 PM
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a reply to: bigx001

There have long been rumors of a demonstrator flying for the last several years, including a trip to the UK to demonstrate and test against some European systems.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:07 PM
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a reply to: intrptr

And China is building the H-20.

The Russians keep talking about the PAK-DA.

Nope, no one else is building bombers.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:09 PM
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a reply to: anzha

He doesn't care. Just as long as it's the U.S. that doesn't.

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posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:10 PM
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originally posted by: bigx001


Makes one wonder how far along the building of the B-21 is.



B-21 Raider headed to Edwards AFB for testing


Most Airforce projects seem way ahead of schedule than behind once they are discovered by the media.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:12 PM
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a reply to: pavil

Previous programs didn't do the level of risk reduction and testing before the media found out about them that we are seeing now.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:14 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Supposedly, there were demonstrators for the Next Generation Bomber program before it got reset, yes?



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:16 PM
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a reply to: anzha

Yes. Not a lot changed with the airframe though.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:18 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Interesting. I thought the requirements had changed enough (payload, etc) they would need to do some shifting. Enough to require a respin of the airframes.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:22 PM
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a reply to: anzha

They did to a degree, but they were able to work the changes in without a total redesign. Both NGB and LRSB had similar enough requirements.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 06:57 PM
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Amarillo wasnt it?



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 07:01 PM
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a reply to: Blackfinger

You think he'll actually answer that?



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 07:07 PM
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So is this gonna be a "wow" new airplane or just basically B-2 2.0?



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 07:07 PM
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a reply to: anzha

What, did someone ask a question?



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 07:08 PM
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a reply to: SonofaSkunk

It's going to look almost exactly like the rendering. Not everything that gives a plane that wow factor is in its looks.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 07:14 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I've seen the resemblance to the B-2 in the rendering. I kinda was more interested in knowing if B-21 was going to be just a "hotrodded" B-2.
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posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 07:19 PM
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a reply to: SonofaSkunk

The aspects that make it amazing aren't going to see the light of day.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 07:21 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Of course not.

Cloaking devices make daylight pass through the plane. duh.



posted on Mar, 5 2018 @ 07:25 PM
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a reply to: anzha

Now if they could only get those pesky panels to stick. Heh.




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