Why would I ask such a silly question?
Hell yeah, the B-21 Bomber’s a flying saucer, if not literally, then metaphorically.
In other words, it’s not merely some incremental evolution of the B-2, as the Air Force’s artistic rendering would have us believe.
It’s something different.
One intriguing factor in the whole B-21 story is the language used by military authorities. For example, they have repeatedly said the bomber is based on a “very mature” technology. Yet, they also have said that even though the underlying technology is mature, that doesn’t mean it’s known to the public.
Very mature, not known to the public.
Translation: They’ve been flying this thing, in one form or another, for 70 years or so.
But I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. It’s all in Flying Saucers!
Posted on Feb. 4, 2019
Noticed this Popular Mechanics article, where Air Force Chief of Staff Dave Goldfein suggests a future tanker will operate in low-Earth orbit. Perhaps this is because the new B-21 bomber will operate there?
From the article: Then again, money might be less of a consideration than we think. In his interview with AvWeek, Goldfein remarked that his next generation tanker could “operate at low-Earth orbit” and that while it might sound “a little bit odd” for him to discuss a future tanker with Air Force Space Command, it makes “perfect sense.” What he means is anyone’s guess, but here’s a stab at something that could operate along those lines: a tanker that could stay in orbit for months or even years at a time, much like the X-37B spaceplane, and then descend down into airspace to deliver fuel to friendly aircraft before accelerating back up into the relative safety of orbit again. Whatever the case, it sounds exciting…and expensive.