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LRS-B... The B-21

Old 10th Nov 2017, 22:35
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Secret assembly plant begins to start up

A top secret desert assembly plant starts ramping up to build Northrop's B-21 bomber - LA Times
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This worried me a little.............

"More than a thousand new employees are working for the time being in rows of temporary trailers, a dozen tan-colored tents and a vast assembly hangar at the desert site near the edge of urban Los Angeles Count"

Tents???? How very 1905...............
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A Top Secret factory...

...on a regional airport.......
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Nothing wrong with tents says the guy who has to pay for the permanent structures.
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A Top Secret factory...

...on a regional airport.......
Well this “regional airport” at Palmdale has seen some of the most cutting edge and secret programs come out: B-2, F-117, several technology demonstrators, the major drone programs, and was long associated with the A-12, SR-71 and U-2 (assembled elsewhere). So the site may be fairly well known, but what goes on behind the walls can indeed be very cutting edge and secret. Remember how surprised folks were when the stealth shapes saw the light of day. Plant 42 is perhaps the greatest example of hiding in plain sight.
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Nothing wrong with tents says the guy who has to pay for the permanent structures.
If I was working on a cutting edge aircraft costing zillions I'd hope they could shell out for decent accomodation - pay peanuts get.............
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Test & Dev area assigned at Area 51

https://theaviationist.com/2017/11/2...ty-at-area-51/

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Coming to Edwards soon

Just got back from (laughingly) Vegas for Heli Expo 2018 including a nice desert drive to Rachel.

Anyhow came across this story below where the B-21 maybe heading to Edwards soon for official testing.

B-21 Raider Officially Heading To Edwards Air Force Base For Testing - The Drive

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Just got back from (laughingly) Vegas for Heli Expo 2018 including a nice desert drive to Rachel.

Anyhow came across this story below where the B-21 maybe heading to Edwards soon for official testing.

B-21 Raider Officially Heading To Edwards Air Force Base For Testing - The Drive

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Seems to confirm that the program has been going on for some time quietly, even before the official award (maybe with demonstrators even flying). Going with son-of-B2 was likely smart than the clean sheet Boeing design.
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is supposed to be based on. They haven’t even got to the “iron bird” hanger integration model yet.

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018...-wittman-says/
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B-21 CTF patch?

Mysterious B-21 Raider Combined Test Force Patch Emerges - The Drive

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B-21 bomber finishes preliminary design review, and Air Force official is 'comfortable' with progress

A U.S. Air Force official told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that the new B-21 bomber has completed its preliminary design review and that he was "comfortable" with the progress made by builder Northrop Grumman Corp.

The bomber is now on its way to critical design review, said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr., the military deputy of the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. Citing the "nature of the work,"

Bunch declined to go into further detail about how the Air Force planned to spend the $2.3 billion it requested for the bomber program for fiscal year 2019 when asked by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). However, he said the program was "continuing engineering manufacturing development" and "some of those risk reduction areas."

The first set of software for the platform has been delivered, and the program is getting "set up" for the next set of software to come in, Bunch told the Senate Armed Forces Subcommittee on Airland during a hearing about Air Force modernization efforts.

"We're making everything ready to begin our test program in the future," he said. "We're making good progress. I'm comfortable today with where we're at, and the progress that Northrop Grumman is making on the program."....
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AF releases possible B-21 basing

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B-21 bomber finishes preliminary design review, and Air Force official is 'comfortable' with progress

A U.S. Air Force official told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that the new B-21 bomber has completed its preliminary design review and that he was "comfortable" with the progress made by builder Northrop Grumman Corp.

The bomber is now on its way to critical design review, said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr., the military deputy of the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. Citing the "nature of the work,"

Bunch declined to go into further detail about how the Air Force planned to spend the $2.3 billion it requested for the bomber program for fiscal year 2019 when asked by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). However, he said the program was "continuing engineering manufacturing development" and "some of those risk reduction areas."

The first set of software for the platform has been delivered, and the program is getting "set up" for the next set of software to come in, Bunch told the Senate Armed Forces Subcommittee on Airland during a hearing about Air Force modernization efforts.

"We're making everything ready to begin our test program in the future," he said. "We're making good progress. I'm comfortable today with where we're at, and the progress that Northrop Grumman is making on the program."....
Air Force selects locations for B-21 aircraft > U.S. Air Force > Article Display

When they closed the west coast BUFF bases at end of Cold War / desert Storm...the likes of Castle AFB, kept Mather and March but took out the BUFFs etc ...one would have thought with tensions in Far East (yes I know Andersen etc are good FOBs) that somewhere ACC now GSC would consider a return to bomber dets say at Fairchild or Edwards or even March?

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Is this another B-2 or is it not

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is supposed to be based on. They haven’t even got to the “iron bird” hanger integration model yet.

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018...-wittman-says/
Some would say this sighting is just another B-2 in for maintenance / test work etc, some reckon it’s could be the Raider?

https://theaviationist.com/2018/08/2...or-just-a-b-2/



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What a load of complete and utter drivel...

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What a load of complete and utter drivel...

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Then again, Brigadier General Schaefer ( in charge of 412th Test Wing) did hint in a speech that the B-21 maybe heading to Edwards sooner than

[quote author=flateric link=topic=25915.msg335082#msg335082 date=1535162581]
How to write several pages of sighting a plane that even not passed CDR...
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Then again, recently BG Schaefer ( CO of 412th TEst Wing) hints that the Raider be officially coming to Edwards for T&E....

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B-21 Raider Officially Heading To Edwards Air Force Base For Testing - The Drive
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Then again, Brigadier General Schaefer ( in charge of 412th Test Wing) did hint in a speech that the B-21 maybe heading to Edwards sooner than...


I was referring more to mathematical equations used and the apparent suggestion of the dimensions indicating it can't be a B-2, all taken from a pi$$ poor, out of focus, low-res, grainy photo taken at night in poor lighting!

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So, around seven and a half years after my being sneered at on this forum for doubting the existence of the "Stealth Black Hawk" regarding the Bin Laden operation,there is now another fable growing (which may or may not be true)

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Looks like the Aurora to me...
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looks like a big Hunter!
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