Last Living Doolittle Raider Announces the Name of B-21 at ASC16

The 2016 AFA Air, Space & Cyber Conference featured a number of newsworthy announcements, but none resonated quite like the announcement of the name for the US Air Force’s B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber.  After months of waiting, speculation and even a handful of comical suggestions for the new name, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James recognized two Airmen that aided in the naming, but it was the third Airman that stole the show: Lt Col Richard Cole (Ret), the last living Doolittle Raider and Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot was escorted to the stage and read aloud the name that the entire audience had been awaiting: “Raider” – a name that draws upon the heritage of our US Air Force, yet it will surely take us proudly into the 21st century.