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Air Force selects locations for B-21 aircraft
Dyess Air Force Base ^ | May 02, 2018 | Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Posted on 05/03/2018 9:17:34 PM PDT by Texas Fossil

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced that the B-21 Raider will replace B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft at three existing bomber bases beginning in the mid-2020s.

The Air Force selected Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, as reasonable alternatives to host the new B-21 aircraft. Using the current bomber bases will minimize operational impact, reduce overhead, maximize re-use of facilities, and minimize cost, Air Force officials said.

"Our current bomber bases are best suited for the B-21," said Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson. "We expect the first B-21 Raider aircraft to be delivered in the mid-2020s."

Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, and Minot AFB, North Dakota, will continue to host the B-52, which is expected to continue conducting operations through 2050.

"We are designing the B-21 Raider to replace our aging bombers as a long-range, highly-survivable aircraft capable of carrying mixed conventional and nuclear payloads, to strike any target worldwide," said Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein.

The Air Force will make its final B-21 basing decision following compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other regulatory and planning processes. That decision is expected in 2019.

Although the first B-21 are expected in the mid-2020s, the Air Force doesn't plan to retire the existing bombers until there are sufficient B-21s to replace them. The Air Force hasn't determined which location will receive the aircraft first.


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Locations: Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri

1st plane delivery some time in the mid-2020s.

1 posted on 05/03/2018 9:17:35 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

That’s a b-2-f, what gives?


2 posted on 05/03/2018 9:20:11 PM PDT by JoSixChip (He is Batman!)
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To: Texas Fossil

“the B-52, which is expected to continue conducting operations through 2050.”

Awesome. Apparently some sliderule engineers were awesone rocket scientists. (Unlike the NASA of today...)


3 posted on 05/03/2018 9:21:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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Conrad 'Connie' Brean: You're goddamn right, then it's got nothing to do with the B-3 Bomber!

John Levy: There is no B-3 bomber.

Conrad 'Connie' Brean: [Knowingly] I just said that! There is no B-3 bomber, and I don't know why these rumors get started!


4 posted on 05/03/2018 9:37:54 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Texas Fossil
The Air Force selected Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, as reasonable alternatives to host the new B-21 aircraft. Using the current bomber bases will minimize operational impact, reduce overhead, maximize re-use of facilities, and minimize cost, Air Force officials said.

I have been a Californian since I was 8, a U.S. citizen since a week after I was eligible to become one.

That California was not on that list was not an accident, and nothing makes me happier.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy" than the criminal incompetence of the California legislatures of the last 30 years.

The creditworthiness of California is about to take well-deserved nosedive, and the budget deficits launched into orbit in the very near future.

Just in...
5/03/2018, 9:53 p.m. PST : FEMA will NOT cover the expense of the Oroville incompetence disaster

And the cherry on top will be the repeal of the monumental Gas tax and DMV fees, and some arrests for failing to audit and report on the expenditure of gas tax revenues, the bond issues sold as exclusively for highway improvements, which were diverted by the criminal legislatures, also of the last 30 years.

The bankruptcy of the high speed train to nowhere will be the next felony legislative crime to hit the news.

I expect a midnight caravan, any day now, of State Legislators headed south, most, if not all, with hispanic names...

5 posted on 05/03/2018 10:11:24 PM PDT by publius911
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To: Texas Fossil

I wonder if the U-2 will still be flying by 2050 as well; more than two years after the announcement of the TR-X replacement for the U2, and it’s still publicly a piece of concept artwork.


6 posted on 05/03/2018 10:15:31 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Then, when the B-21 is officially retired, a B-52, designed in the 50s and new off the production line in 1963, will perform a flyby in salute.


7 posted on 05/03/2018 10:16:05 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Paladin2

B-52’s were and B1-B’s are housed at Dyess. I saw the announcement in the Abilene paper earlier.

All of the B-52’s are much older airframes than the pilots. They are still payload carriers. I read about them being used to bomb an air base near Tabqa Syria, saw after action photos of it. Flattened. Certainly not stealth. smile.

The B1-B’s will be around a while. Powerful fast groundhugging heavy load delivering workhorses. I’ve seen and felt the vibration of them on night takeoff with after burners kicked in, simply awesome.

In 2014 when ISIS was about to overrun Kobani (Syria) I saw some great night photos of the bombing we place on the Jihadi headchoppers assaulting them. Learned later it was the B1-Bs delivering the goods.

We have all seen how the ground forces still love the A-10s that the brass want’s to discard. There is nothing that does tanks any better than the heavy iron of the A-10s for some targets.

Then there are the F-16s. Still one great fighter.


8 posted on 05/03/2018 10:17:56 PM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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To: publius911

The State has gone South. Not literally, but certainly figuratively.


9 posted on 05/03/2018 10:21:45 PM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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To: OldMissileer

“a flyby in salute”

Bump


10 posted on 05/03/2018 10:22:39 PM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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To: Texas Fossil

The Physics of flight have apparently not been subject to the whims of Congress yet.


11 posted on 05/03/2018 10:31:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Correct.

Whether they were planned with a slide rule or a computer, physics is the same.

Accuracy with digital readout can be misleading. Just because they show 3 digits to the right of the decimal, does not mean they are more precise.


12 posted on 05/03/2018 10:45:39 PM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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To: Texas Fossil

Much as I hate to admit it, Art is still involved in Design....


13 posted on 05/03/2018 10:55:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Don’t hate it, embrace it. Art and Design are inextricably linked.


14 posted on 05/04/2018 12:47:46 AM PDT by Ragnar DanneskjŲld
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To: Texas Fossil

Sure glad that they didn’t name it the Obomber after the last President.


15 posted on 05/04/2018 2:03:59 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (When words can mean anything, they can also mean nothing.)
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To: OldMissileer

I used to watch B52s fly off to Vietnam when I was a kid. They flew over my house every day. What a spectacular aircraft.


16 posted on 05/04/2018 2:22:53 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: Texas Fossil

Will they build more than 20 planes?


17 posted on 05/04/2018 2:41:29 AM PDT by hattend
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To: Texas Fossil

B-21 Raider Wikipedia entry

18 posted on 05/04/2018 3:03:49 AM PDT by Textide (Lord, grant that I may always be right, for thou knowest I am hard to turn. ~ Scotch-Irish prayer)
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To: Paladin2

I am zure there is a bill in the California legislature to modify them.


19 posted on 05/04/2018 3:52:28 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (robert mueller is an unguided missile)
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To: Ragnar Danneskjöld; Paladin2

Pilots like to say “If it looks good, it flies good” and I believe there is truth in that.

I have seen a lot of planes that look beautiful and fly well, but it is far rarer to see ugly planes that fly well, though they do exist!

(The A-10 is not one of those “ugly” planes that fly well...I have never understood how people find that plane unattractive!)


20 posted on 05/04/2018 4:45:42 AM PDT by rlmorel (Leftists: They believe in the "Invisible Hand" only when it is guided by government.)
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