It’s an image that is being picked apart by military aviation experts around the world. The first official drawing of the U.S. Air Force’s B-21 bomber.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James unveiled the artist rendering Friday based on the initial design concept.
Black, sleek, with swept-back wings and stealthy design make this aircraft look a lot like another famous bomber — the B-2 Spirit.
James seemed to hint at that during her announcement. “The B-21 has been designed from the beginning based on a set of requirements that allows the use of existing and mature technology,” she said at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
At first glance, the drawing seems basic. But make no mistake, aviation geeks and America’s military competitors will be picking it apart for clues to learn more about this very expensive and powerful weapons system. China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and just about anyone in the world involved in developing advanced stealth technology will look at this drawing for any indication of where U.S. design is headed.