B-21 Raider First Flight Reset To 2023 As Intensive Testing Continues

B21 aircraft
The first B-21 test aircraft is rolling off the same production line that will produce the entire bomber fleet, a step that is extending initial test but Northrop Grumman says will reduce risk.
Credit: Northrop Grumman Concept
The first B-21 Raider test aircraft is about halfway through an extended period of loads calibration testing, during which Northrop Grumman is stressing a production-representative bomber to avoid risk during production. This intensive process has pushed the aircraft’s first flight back to 2023...

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