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Finally: The US Air Force’s First B-21 Bomber is Completed

The first two B-21 Raider bombers—which will eventually be able to carry both nuclear and conventional weapons—are nearly mechanically complete, but still won’t fly until 2022.

The U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) bomber program, designed to field a replacement for the B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit by the late 2020s, is on track. That’s a rarity in the world of military hardware procurement. Still, Congress is calling on the service to accelerate the program; USAF isn’t budging.