The name of America's latest stealth bomber was just announced this morning. And it's not Bomby McBomberface. The B-21 will be known as the Raider and it's all thanks to two airmen who submitted the name.
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Back in May, the US Air Force announced that they had received over 4,600 entries in their crowdsourced naming contest for the new B-21 bomber. The announcement even said that they'd narrowed it down to 15 finalists. So, naturally, I did what any weirdo blogger does: I filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see the list. Today I got a letter from the US Air Force officially denying my request.
The F-22 Raptor is one of the US military's most powerful weapons, but everything — man, woman, sentient rotted orange — has a weakness. For the fighter jet, that weakness is BEEEEEEEEEES!
Let me get this out of the way: the trillion dollar US F-35 fighter jet program is an embarrassing mess. But it's hard not to marvel at the very expensive technology's promises. This conflict squeezed my brain this week, when the Air Force stopped by Gizmodo's US office with a $US400,000 ($554,212) F-35 helmet in hand. They even let me wear it.
First it was Boaty McBoatface. Now it's... Planey McPlanerson? I don't know why, but for some reason, everyone wants to crowdsource the names for multi-million dollar projects. Today the US Air Force even got in on the act.
Now, more than $US1 trillion into its development, the F-35 aircraft is experiencing glitches with its radar systems. US Air Force major general Jeffrey Harrigian explained the problem in an IHS Jane report: "What would happen is they'd get a signal that says either a radar degrade or a radar fail — something that would force us to restart the radar."
The US Air Force already has a drone-pilot shortage, but that's not the only problem with its fleet of unmanned aircraft: Its drones keep falling out of the sky.
Image Cache: Here's a photo of a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuelling an A-10 Thunderbolt II over the clouds. The perfect angle of the picture and the lovely nose art of the aircraft makes the fighter jet look like a flying shark machine that has a machine gun as its mouth and scars on its battered nose. It's such a cool angle of this apex predator of the sky.
When you got one of the biggest guns in the world, you can't just pop in a new magazine and start firing again. Well, you can but the new magazine is ginormous and requires multiple Air Force guys to get the gun reloaded. It takes time to get giant bullets on board. Here's the interesting process on how the largest combat jet gun gets reloaded.
In the face of mounting criticism, the US Air Force just completed the first test flight of the B61 Mod 12 mock up nuclear bomb in the Nevada desert. This marks the next step in updating a cold war-era weapon that many experts consider to be completely useless today. The military might as well drop a nuke on a pile of taxpayer dollars.