The Air Force has picked bases to test its new advanced bomber — here's where the B-21 Raider is heading

Business Insider | 2/26/2016 | Christopher Woody
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The Air Force expects to get the first of its new B-21 Raider bombers in the mid-2020s.

This week, the Air Force named the bases that would support testing and maintenance for the new bomber.

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The service previously picked bases that would likely host the new bombers once the arrive.

On Friday, the Air Force announced the first two bases that will host its new, highly advanced bomber for testing and maintenance.

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The service said in a release that Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma would coordinate maintenance and sustainment for the B-21 Raider and that Edwards Air Force Base in California had been picked to lead testing and evaluation of the next generation long-range strike bomber.

Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and Hill Air Force Base in Utah will support Tinker with maintaining and, when necessary, overhauling and upgrading the new bomber, the Air Force said.

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Personnel at those bases will be equipped to rebuild the aircraft's parts, assemblies, or subassemblies as well as to test and reclaim equipment as necessary for depot activations.

The first B-21 is expected to be delivered in the mid-2020s.

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The release noted the "deep and accomplished history" of the Air Logistics Complex of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker and said officials believe the base has the knowledge and expertise to support the new bomber.

"With a talented workforce and decades of experience in aircraft maintenance, Tinker AFB is the right place for this critical mission," Air Force Secretary Heather A. Wilson said.

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Edwards Air Force Base is also home to the Air Force Test Center, which leads the service's testing and evaluation efforts.

"From flight testing the X-15 to the F-117, Edwards AFB in...
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