Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, first site for B-21 bomber


The Air Force has chosen Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota to be the first site for an operational B-21 bomber base.
The B-21, known as the Raider, is due to be flying by the middle of the next decade.

After Ellsworth, the Raider will be located at Whiteman in Missouri and Dyess in Texas.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the three bomber bases are well suited for the B-21.

The bomber is a long-range aircraft that can deliver a mix of weapons – much like the B-52 bomber.

Minot Air Force Base is one of two bases in the U.S. that are home to B-52s, and the Air Force expects the B-52 to continue flying for about three more decades.

If B-52s remain operational through 2050, they will be nearly one century old – the first was put into service in 1955.

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