The U.S. Air Force’s New Stealth Bomber Looks Awfully Familiar

The B-21 shares a lot in common with the B-2 that came before it

The U.S. Air Force’s New Stealth Bomber Looks Awfully Familiar The U.S. Air Force’s New Stealth Bomber Looks Awfully Familiar
The U.S. Air Force’s new stealth bomber looks a lot like its old stealth bomber. That’s no accident. The B-21 — the outline and... The U.S. Air Force’s New Stealth Bomber Looks Awfully Familiar

The U.S. Air Force’s new stealth bomber looks a lot like its old stealth bomber.

That’s no accident. The B-21 — the outline and designation of which Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James revealed in February — is being designed by Northrop Grumman, manufacturer of the B-21 predecessor, the B-2.

Both of the stealth bombers — old and new — share the same basic “flying wing” shape. Indeed, all the major U.S. aerospace firms have tinkered with tailless flying wings as the basis for new radar-evading warplanes. Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which lost to Northrop in the B-21 contest, experimented with flying wings.

Lockheed’s Polecat drone looks a lot like the B-2 and B-21. And Boeing’s Long Range Strike Bomber concept also shares similarities with the other bombers. Learn more in War Is Boring’s video featurette, above.


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