First 6th Gen Aircraft Revealed Today by Northrop Grumman

Today, December 2, 2022, Northrop Grumman will be unveiling their new B-21 Raider, a stealth bomber, from Edwards AFB at 8:00 PM eastern. Included is a link to watch the ceremony. This is the worlds first ever 6th generation aircraft and will be replacing the beloved B-2 spirit and B-1B Lancer. If you watch the stream, I hope you enjoy it!

Enjoy the unveiling if you choose to watch it and have an outstanding rest of your day.

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Reminder, this is happening in 30 minutes!

So thats in like 5 min now?

Yes. Northrop Grumman also has a stream where they’re feeding in comments and neat excerpts. I’m tuned in to both YT and Northrop for this evening.

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HERE IT IS, THE WORLDS FIRST 6TH GEN AIRCRAFT!

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I wasn’t sure from manufacturer info if the following is included in the design?:

“sixth-generation engines are expected to have a variable cycle to give optimum efficiency at any speed or altitude, giving greater range, faster acceleration, and greater subsonic cruise efficiency. The engine would configure itself to act like a turbojet at supersonic speeds, while performing like a high-bypass turbofan for efficient cruising at slower speeds; the ability to supercruise will likely be available to aircraft with this engine type”

Supercruise being sustained supersonic flight with useful load, w/o afterburner. But this doesn’t look like a supersonic aircraft.

Sixth-generation fighter - Wikipedia

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youve only seen it, never seen it fly tho. who knows its full performance yet 👀

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Northrop Grumman possibly, but it hasn’t flown yet so maybe they may be surprised or let down. I guess only time will tell

I guess we will find out when performance data gets released in 2023

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