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USAF targets end of 2021 for B-21 first flight

24 October 2019
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The US Air Force (USAF) is targeting December 2021 for the first flight of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber (LRSB), although a top official cautioned that this goal was not guaranteed owing to the complexities of aircraft development.

Randall Walden, USAF Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) director and programme executive officer (PEO), on 24 October was upbeat that this first flight goal could be accomplished because the programme has accomplished milestones such as integration, ground test, and large components coming together.

The USAF, he said, will perform tasks such as low and high speed taxi once the platform gets closer to first flight. Walden also said the service is about to accept the first test B-21.

The US Air Force has accomplished B-21 tasks such as integration and ground test in preparation for a possible first flight in December 2021. (US Air Force)The US Air Force has accomplished B-21 tasks such as integration and ground test in preparation for a possible first flight in December 2021. (US Air Force)

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