The Secretary of the Air Force has asked for help in naming the B-21 long-range strike bomber -- "A Bomber for the 21st Century" in her words. The contest was set to run through May 6 but was only open to members of the USAF, Air Force Reserve, the Air National Guard, their dependents and retirees. According to the official rules, taxpayers were disqualified from participating. We decided to give taxpayers a chance to name the bomber. Here are the results!
Help the Air Force Name Its New Bomber Gar Smith / World Beyond War and EAW
(May 6, 2016) -- The Secretary of the Air Force has asked for help in naming the B-21 long-range strike bomber -- "A Bomber for the 21st Century," in her words.
The contest was set to run through May 6 and it is open to members of the US Air Force active duty force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, and their dependents, members of the US Air Force Civil Service and US Air Force retirees.
According to the official rules, taxpayers are disqualified from participating. Perhaps for good reason.
I think taxpayers and ordinary citizens should have an equal opportunity to participate in this naming game.
To get things started, here are a couple of names that occurred to us:
A Bummer for the 21st Century
More than 400 entries were received in the first week.
See below for a list of the taxpayer-nominated names for the B-21
USAF Won't Reveal How Much Its New Bomber Really Costs Scott Amey / The Project On Government Oversight
(April 12, 2016) -- The recently announced Long Range Strike Bomber is moving forward with no one in Congress knowing its actual price tag. Despite requests by the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Air Force has decided against releasing the final contract value to taxpayers.
It stands by its decision to only release estimates. The B-21 contract, which was awarded to Northrop Grumman in October 2015, now is estimated to cost taxpayers as much as $58 billion.
Ladies and Gentlemen, It Is My Distinct Honor to Give You a Bomber for the 21st Century Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James
presents the artist rendering of the B-21 during her
State of the Force presentation during the
Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium.
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 26, 2016) -- [James reads from a prepared text.]
Do you think anyone here would be interested in seeing a new bomber for the 21st century? Really seeing it?
You think there's any interest? You guys wanna see it?
All right then. All right then.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct honor to give you a bomber for the 21st century. The B-21. There it is, the B-21.
[A screen projection displays a painting of Northrop Grumman's proposed stealth bomber.]
So we have an image, we have a designation, but here's what we don't yet have. . .
[The actual bomber? Well, there's that, but something else, too . . . .]
We don't yet have a name. And this is where I'm challenging and I'm calling on every Airman today.
[Female members of the USAF need not apply?]
We want our active duty, our national guard, our reserve, our civilians, our family members. We'd like all of you to give us your best suggestions for a name for the B-21 -- America's newest bomber.
And in so doing, we hope that you'll take the opportunity [and we're going to try to facilitate this for you as well] that we can all learn more about the important role that this platform is going to play against the real threats that we will face as the United States of America with our allies and partners around the world in the future. Together, we're going to lead our Air Force, our military and our country into the next generation of warfare dominance.
[Music swells in the background. The USAF logo fills the screen.] Name that Bomber:
US Air Force Opens B-21 Contest RT News
(March 8, 2016) — In a bid to be more receptive, the US Air Force has invited its members and their families to suggest a name for the next-generation bomber, known as the B-21. Still on the drawing board, the new plane is intended to replace the aging US bomber fleet.
Speaking at the State of the Air Force press event on Monday, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the contest, which will run through May 6. It is open to members of the US Air Force active duty force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, and their dependents, members of the US Air Force Civil Service and US Air Force retirees, according to the official rules.
The lucky contestant whose name for the new bomber is chosen will have the prestige of naming the Air Force newest bomber and will be highlighted on the USAF website, the service branch announcement said. The participant may also be selected to attend the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Exhibition in September 2016 to be acknowledged by Air Force leadership.
After James unveiled the artistic rendering of the B-21 at an Air Force Association conference in Florida last month, Defense News conducted an unofficial poll of its readers to get feedback on some of the suggestions. Of the names on offer, Valkyrie was the most popular, with Wraith coming in second.
James also named the seven sub-contractors that will help build the bomber. Pratt & Whitney of Connecticut will build the engines, while BAE Systems of New Hampshire, GKN Aerospace of Missouri, Janicki Industries of Washington, Orbital ATK of Utah, Rockwell Collins of Iowa, and Spirit Aerosystems of Kansas will work on airframe and mission systems, the secretary said.
It is no coincidence that the artistic concept for the new B-21 bears a striking resemblance to an earlier stealth bomber, the B-2 Spirit. The USAF awarded the contract to develop and build about 100 B-21s to Northrop Grumman, makers of the B-2.
Only 21 Spirits were ever built, at the flyaway cost of $737 million apiece, before the program was scrapped in 2000. Northrop has pledged to keep the price tag of the B-21 at or below $550 million apiece, in 2010 dollars.
To bridge the gap until the B-21 is built and deployed, the USAF is refitting its aging fleet of B-1B Lancers and planning to overhaul the B-52 Stratofortress bombers, which have been in service since the 1950s.
The People Have Spoken Here are some of the 400-plus names that flooded into World Beyond War website over the course of eight days:
Winged planet killer
Murder From Heaven
The WoMD (Weapon of Mass Destruction)
Taxes from the salaried
Enola Gay II
The We B F—d
The Stealth Wealth Stripper
The Wedding Crasher
My Lai from the Sky
Kali, Destroyer of Worlds
The Flying Money Pit
We're Number One
Corporate Control Machine
The Modesty Blaster
Away With Bombs
The Big Lie in the Sky
Terror on Terror (TOT) ("tot" is German dead)
Big Boy Oil Tantrum
The Democracy Spreader
The HMW (Hearts and Minds Winner)
Killer of All Avenues to Peace
Oh, Look Mommy, A Big Plane!
Murder Kids in Their Beds
The thief of American future
The Fantastic Murder Machine
The Long-Distance Decapitator
The Nondiscriminatory Party Crasher
The Brown Baby Disintegrator
$550 Milliion Less for Children
The Pudding Maker
The ultimate oligarch
The Rothschild Reaper
The Exxon/Mobil Oil Futures Aggregator
PH-D – Psychopaths' Heavenly Deathstar
BAMM – Bad-assed Murdering Machine
WHAM – We Hate Anyone Muslim
BOOM – Bullying Overlords' Odious Mission
BAU – Business as Usual
WOOPS – Wipe Out Our Planet, Suckers
AMI – Annihilate More Innocents
WNthP – War to the Nth Power
DDT -Darth's Deathstar Terror
XPEB – Xenophobe Psychopaths Eternally Bombing
PAP – Psychopaths At Play
BIFF – Bomber Idiots For Freedom
SLS – So Long Suckers
EXCEL – Extortionist Xenophobic Cunning Evil Liars
BRAVE – Bullies Reaping Another Vile Evisceration
RAPT – Raping and Pillaging Terrorists
DIENOW – Death in Excessive Numbers Onerous Weapon
Dying for Dollars
Sneaky Bomb Dropper (SBD)
Sky Terror 21
IS of the Kkies
The Wall Street Wraith
The Flying Ponzi
Billion Dollar Bomb
Death n' Debt
72 Virgin Airline
The Dim Reaper
Atrocities to Go
Thumbs Way Up
God's L'il Helper
Life is Overrated
We Live You Die
Pork Does Fly
Senator's New Yacht
Debt From Above
Baby Killer From Hell
The Big Bangkrupter
The Child Incinerator 5000
Murdering from on High So That Our Dollars Can Flow
Laying down the Law from Above–Joy-Murder for Dollars in the 21st C
We're Not Really Angry with You; We Just Thought We'd Destroy Your Country; You Don't Mind, Do You?
Could This Be Why You Hate Us?–Perhaps More Murder Will Change Your Minds
They Used to Call This Evil; We Call it Free Trade in Bombs–Here, Have a Few More
Is It Still Murder When It's Done from 30,000 Feet?
U$A Air–Dealing Death from the Air and Killing Powerless Peoples for 60+ Years and Counting
Hypocritical, Rationalized Murder of U$ Military Machine
Death, Inc., U$A
The Literally Burning Money
From Peace to Pieces
Donald Trump, the Calling Card
The Bankruptcy Bomber
B-21 Dark Sky Devastator
Military Industrial Gift to the Warmongers
The Flying Waste of Money
ELPHABA: the given name of the Wicked Witch of the West
Angel of Death
The Wealth Bomber
Greedy Bastards' Play Toy
The Bake Sale
Killer of Kids
The Stealth Peace Obliterater
The Death Sphincter
FAS-21 (Freedom America Style, 21st century)
Instead of Flowers
The Dr. Strangelove Bomber
The Henry Kissinger
US insane kostly kiddie killer
The WOMBAT (Waste Of Money, Brains And Time)
WOMBAT (Waste Of Money By Another Trillion)
Pale Horse (and his rider is Death)
Slether (mix of stealth and lethal)
US Killing Machine
Destroyer of Worlds
The Terrorist Maker
Murder from Above
Killing the poor
THE PHALLUS MEASUREMENT!
Billion dollar federal penis extension
The Capitalist's Cock
The Raging Penicular Stand-in
Naner Naner Naner Mine Is Better Than Yours
The Abortion Provider
The Golden Fleese
Luis Garavito (aka "The Beast" -- the world's worst serial killer)
George W Bush
THE B1 MURDERER
The Never Again
Happy Rainbow Unicorn of Death
Thundering Cash Cow
Flying War Crime
Curse of Empire
Pride of the Yankees
The B-21 Destabiliser
B-21 Mass-Murder Machine
Caucasian Death Machine
Genocides R US
Have a nuke day
The Coward's Sword
The Flying Porkbarrel
Civilian Casualty Machine
Ministry of Peace
Tax Dollar Disposal Unit
LRSB (Let's Really Suck Bucks)
The American Way
The Collateral Damager
international mass murderer terrorist
The Terrorism Promoter
Mother of Terrorists
ISIS Recruitment Office
The Extinction of Brown People Everywhere
The No-Child-Left-Behind Bomber
Fist O'The Banker
Toy for Twits
The Ruptured Budget
My wasted tax dollars
The PTA – Peace Through Annihilation
The Prince Serg
The Ser Galen
The General Metzov
Exporterror (export + terror)
Why They Hate Us
Liberterror (libery + terror)
The Goyim Holocauster
Do Any Lives Matter?
The Tax Dragon
The Evil Empire Cometh
The Civilian Tamer
So Damn Insane
Your Tax $
The CIA (Corporatocracy In Action)
The Plane Drain
Pride of the Yankees
Killer without a Cause
The Christians Crucifier
The UB Dead
H.A.W.K. (Husband And Wife Killer)
The Devil's Wing
Trail of Tears II
Big Bucks, Baby Killer, Kill More
ABS: American Bull Shitter
Weapon of Mass Delusion
Flaming Peace Dove
The Boom-You-Rang? Bomber
SNAFU-EPA-21: Extreme Population Annihilator of the 21st Century
Plan B (Bombs obviously.)
Flying Abortion Clinic
Population Reduction Program
Death's Little Helper
The Curtis Emerson LeMay Memorial Massacre Machine
"I dub thee The Terrormaker; it destroys civilian populations and makes new terrorists whose whole purpose is to destroy the West due to only seeing this as its representation."