The US Air Force Wants Suggestions For What To Name Its New Bomber

The US Air Force Wants Suggestions For What to Name Their New Bomber

An artist's rendering of the new B-21 (US Air Force) 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.

What would you name America's newest bomber? I suspect this will go about as well as Boaty McBoatface. But despite their blast to the general public over Twitter it appears that only members of the Air Force, their family, and retirees are eligible to submit names.

And the USAF list of rules is pretty explicit that they're not going to take your shenanigans:

The name must be original and the entry may not contain material that violates or infringes any third party's rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. The entry must not contain or be phonetic similar to any third party product names, brand names or trademarks.

The entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous. The entry must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. The entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where entry is created. There is a limit of three names you may enter per person.

Even if you're not a member of the Air Force, please leave your suggestions in the comments.



    All I've got is snarky wordplay... But I gotta admit, the B-21 Nova Bomber does have a certain inner-4-year-old ring to it.

    Either that... Or the B-21 Wobbegong. I want to live long enough that we run out of names and have to call some kind of military vehicle that.

      Wobbegong is it. Just imagining isil "look out its a Wobbegong! "

    "from members of the U.S. Air Force active duty force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, current Air Force dependents, members of the U.S. Air Force Civil Service and U.S. Air Force retirees. All other entries will be disqualified"

    Molinjr (thors hammer)

    Angry B

    A similar article ran on Foxtrot Alpha a few weeks back.

    I liked the sound of B-21 Wraith or Nightwing. Both seemed fitting.

    The B.21 Bumerang. Of course "bumer' is prounounced like 'sumer'.....
    Actually the more I think about it "B.21 Boomerang" is a good name, like a boomerang it flies out, f..ks stuff up and then flies back where it came from . And it's the right shape.

      And the plane looks very much like it could be Batman's own bomber, however as we are not allowed to infringe on that copyright, I'd call it "Crazy McBatshit".

      Another along the line of your boomerang idea would be "Seagull". Sneaks in quickly, makes a lot of noise, then buggers off.

    Stealth Money Pit. Pretty much all military programs end up costing several times its budget and taking twice as long! The name works on two levels!

    Ill say it again (as with Boaty McBoatface)
    North American Military Equipment (N.A.M.E.) :P

    I see nothing in those conditions that prevents Planey McPlaneface or the like

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