B-21 names the Raider after the Doolittle Raiders, the implication being that distance is no protection against the B-21.


Stephen Losey writing in the US magazine Defense News makes the following points:
  • Dubbed the Raider after the famous  Doolittle Raiders who conducted a long-distance strategically successful raid on Tokyo in 1942.
  • The strategic value of the Doolittle Raid was that in WW2 it showed the Japanese that they were vulnerable to attack—no matter the distance.
  • Northrop Grumman's President claimed the B-21 was the world's first sixth-generation aircraft because of its advanced stealth capabilities.
  • Can carry nuclear or conventional weapons.


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