The US Air Force is being more receptive and has invited its members and their families to suggest a name for the next-generation bomber, which is currently known as the B-21.
The aircraft is on the drawing board and will replace the aging US bomber fleet.
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.”
There will be seven sub-contractors that will help build the bomber. Pratt & Whitney of Connecticut will develop 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 be responsible for working on airframe and mission systems.
The artistic concept for the new B-21 bears a striking resemblance to an earlier stealth bomber, the B-2 Spirit.
The USAF plans to acquire about 100 B-21s in its arsenal.