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US Public Gets Look at B-21 Raider, Powerful Aircraft Will Soon Begin to Replace Iconic American Bombers

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The Air Force has given the public its first glimpse at a new bomber that will replace two pieces of America’s bombing fleet.

The new bomber, which was developed to replace the B-1 and B-2 bombers, is dubbed the B-21 Raider, according to an Air Force news release.

“The B-21 Raider will be a dual-capable penetrating strike stealth bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions,” the Air Force said in a fact sheet about the new plane.

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“The B-21 will form the backbone of the future Air Force bomber force consisting of B-21s and B-52s. Designed to operate in tomorrow’s high-end threat environment, the B-21 will play a critical role in ensuring America’s enduring airpower capability,” the fact sheet said.

For now, the 420th Flight Test Squadron based at Edwards AFB in California will have the lead role in moving the plane from the drawing board to the skies, according to the news release.

Once testing is completed, the first operations B-21 are scheduled to be based at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota, with the Air Force saying that operational status is expected to be achieved “in the mid-2020s.”

“Nuclear modernization is a top priority for the Department of Defense and the Air Force, and B-21 is key to that plan,” said Randall Walden, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office director.

“The built-in feature of open systems architecture on the B-21 makes the bomber effective as the threat environment evolves. This aircraft design approach sets the nation on the right path to ensuring America’s enduring airpower capability,” he said.

“The B-21 Raider will be a component of a larger family of systems for conventional Long Range Strike, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, electronic attack, communication and other capabilities. It will be nuclear capable and designed to accommodate manned or unmanned operations,” according to the fact sheet.

The fact sheet said the plane will employ a “mix of stand-off and direct-attack munitions.”

The B-21 is being designed with “open systems architecture to reduce integration risk and enable competition for future modernization efforts to allow for the aircraft to evolve as the threat environment changes,” the fact sheet said.

It also noted that the B-21 will fly with a bit of history in its name.

“The B-21 Raider is named in honor of the historic Doolittle Raiders, U.S. Army Air Force men who are known for their surprise attack against Japan during World War II on April 18, 1942, which forced the Japanese to recall combat forces for home defense, and boosted morale among Americans and U.S. allies abroad. The designation B-21 recognizes the Raider as the first bomber of the 21st century,” the fact sheet said.

The Air Force estimated that each plane will cost about $639 million in 2019 dollars.

The Air Force plans to order 100 of the planes.

In summarizing its review of the new bomber, Popular Mechanics noted, “As relations with Russia and China continue to deteriorate, the U.S. could find itself with a need for a permanent, Cold War-style force of nuclear-armed bombers ready to take to the skies at a moment’s notice.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Restaurant Tapes Sign to Front Door: Proof of Being Unvaccinated Required for Entry

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A restaurant in Huntington Beach, California, is trolling the fascists so hard, leftist Twitter is about to blow a gasket. As California businesses consider requiring proof of vaccination for entry, one rebellious eatery, Basilico’s Pasta e Vino, recently taped a sign to its door that reads “Proof of being unvaccinated required.” Underneath this warning is an image of a broken syringe and the declaration, “We have zero tolerance for treasonous, anti-American stupidity. Thank you for pondering.” Basilico’s has a history of thumbing its nose at California’s far-reaching coronavirus mandates. Last year, when the state shut down indoor dining, Basilico’s stayed open, the Los Angeles Times reported. Later, when the state issued a mask mandate, Basilico’s declared itself a mask-free zone and required patrons to remove their face coverings. The new sign is just the latest jab at the powers that be, and it is a hilarious one at that. It is clearly a gag, as it is impossible to prove one is not vaccinated, and an employee confirmed to the dismayed Times that the restaurant is not, in fact, checking anyone’s vaccination status. Of course, it was all too much for Twitter leftists, many of whom seem to be under the impression that the unvaccinated are keeling over and dying in the streets and that this novel inoculation is the only thing keeping the more enlightened Americans from doing so themselves. This restaurant down the street from me in Huntington Beach is asking that diners show proof they have **not** been vaccinated. Partisan politics has broken so many brains. Get me off this ride. pic.twitter.com/GSFVqNMiEX — Billy Binion (@billybinion) July 27, 2021 Good morning. Happy Tuesday. ICYMI “proof of being UNvaccinated” is actually a death certificate. And dead people don’t eat at Basilico’s Huntington Beach or any restaurants. Anti-American stupidity…

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Recently Retired GOP Senator Mike Enzi Dies After Bike Accident

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Former Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, 77, died Monday following a bicycle accident last week in which he broke his neck and ribs. A family statement posted to Enzi’s Facebook page stated the former senator “sustained serious injuries while riding a bicycle near his home in Gillette on Friday. He was life flighted to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo., but Enzi remained unconscious and was unable to recover from his injuries.” “His family expressed their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern that has been shown. They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time. “The family is planning to hold a celebration of a life well-lived, with details being shared at a later date.” Enzi’s son, Brad, took to Twitter to pay respects to his father. Thanks to all who prayed and sent good thoughts for my dad. Always my GOAT and hero! https://t.co/al4PmuVMq1 — Brad Enzi (@EnziBrad) July 27, 2021 Many political leaders also expressed their condolences regarding Enzi’s passing. Fellow Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney tweeted, “Sen. Mike Enzi’s sudden passing marks a sad day for Wyoming and our country.” Sen. Mike Enzi’s sudden passing marks a sad day for Wyoming and our country. My condolences are with his beloved wife of more than 50 years, Diana, and his entire family. See my full statement mourning his loss: https://t.co/H0Bl2U9u4p pic.twitter.com/2vqHUuyLmc — Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) July 27, 2021 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote, “The Senate is grieving this morning. Our prayers are with the family of our dear friend and former colleague Senator Mike Enzi at this tragic time which has come entirely too soon.” The Senate is grieving this morning. Our prayers are with the family of our dear friend and former colleague Senator Mike Enzi…

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