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Text added to screenshot from B-21 unveiling video: https://youtu.be/chJlJgrvfBY
The B-21 is named “Raider” in honor of the Doolittle Raiders.
“18 April 1942 USS HORNET, PACIFIC OCEAN 1942 — Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle performs a full-throttle takeoff from the USS Hornet 650 miles from Japan on a secret mission. The Doolittle Raid, U.S. Army Air Force special order #1 of World War II, was a daring one-way mission of 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers with 80 aircrew, commanded by Colonel Doolittle, to carry out America’s first offensive attack on Japan. The crews secretly trained for two-weeks and modified the B-25s at Eglin Air Force Base’s Wagner Field, Auxiliary Field 1 prior to the mission. (Photo courtesy National Museum of the U.S. Air Force)”
Event starts at 24 min. spot on the video:
B-21 Rollout Livestream
Edwards Air Force Base Link: https://youtu.be/chJlJgrvfBY
“In partnership with the U.S. Air Force, we will unveil the B-21 Raider today, December 2, 2022. Watch it live here beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET.” https://www.northropgrumman.com/what-we-do/air/b-21-raider/
“B-21 Unveiling Dec. 2, 2022” https://youtu.be/8iLVrNJdfLM
“Six B-21s are being manufactured as of February 2022. The first B-21 was moved to a calibration facility in March 2022” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_Grumman_B-21_Raider
“On September 19, 2016, the Northrop Grumman B-21 was formally named “Raider” in honor of the Doolittle Raiders. As the last surviving Raider, Cole was present at the naming ceremony during the Air Force Association conference.“ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_E._Cole
The Doolittle Raid “served as retaliation for the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, and provided an important boost to American morale. The raid was planned by, led by, and named after Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle (later a Lieutenant General in the US Army Air Forces and the US Air Force Reserve).
“Under the final plan, 16 B-25B Mitchell medium bombers, each with a crew of five, were launched from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet, in the Pacific Ocean, off Japan. There were no fighter escorts. After bombing the military and industrial targets, the crews were to continue westward to land in China….” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid
Lived to be over 103 years old:
“Richard Eugene Cole (September 7, 1915 – April 9, 2019) was a United States Air Force colonel. During World War II, he was one of the airmen who took part in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan, on April 18, 1942. He served as the co-pilot to Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle in the lead airplane of the raid by sixteen B-25 bombers, which for the first time took off from an aircraft carrier on a bombing mission… Cole was the last surviving participant in the Doolittle Raid. Staff Sergeant David J. Thatcher, gunner of aircraft No. 7, died on June 23, 2016, at the age of 94. Cole, who lived to be 103, was the only participant to live to a higher age than the raid’s leader, Jimmy Doolittle, who died in 1993 at age 96.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_E._Cole