AIAA Statement on the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Written 5 December 2022



B-21 Raider | Credit: Northrop Grumman–©

December 5, 2022 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement:

“On behalf of the 30,000 professional and student members of AIAA, we congratulate Northrop Grumman, its industry partners, and the U.S. Air Force on unveiling the B-21 Raider. We join in the excitement around seeing this new military aircraft for the first time. 

We applaud the entire team on building the world’s first sixth-generation aircraft designed to support national security objectives and assure the nation’s allies and partners. In addition, we are inspired by the aircraft name, in honor of the Doolittle Raid of World War II and the courageous spirit of the Doolittle Raiders. 

We salute the thousands of industry professionals nationwide who are involved in the B-21 Raider for shaping the future of aerospace.”

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