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The B-21 Boom Boom Monster.
That's just one name out of thousands that airmen and their families submitted for the B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber, whose official name was unveiled as the B-21 Raider on Monday at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
The moniker comes from "Doolittle Raiders," the World War II-era bomb crews who launched morale-boosting strikes on Tokyo after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. (At this week's Air Force Association conference, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James handed the mic to Richard E. Cole, a 101-year-old retired lieutenant colonel and last surviving "Doolittle Raider," to announce the name of the new bomber.)
Air Force Global Strike Command in March launched a website asking airmen, their family members and retirees to suggest names for the next-generation aircraft. And airmen got creative, slightly goofy and sometimes a bit clumsy with their suggestions.
We have to thank the War Is Boring blog for obtaining the complete list of rejected submissions through a Freedom of Information Act request and posting it on its website on Thursday.
Here are some of our favorites:
Another waste of taxpayer money
Bacon double cheeseburger
Big Badda Boom
Bomb Diggity Bomb
Boom Boom Monster
Chair Force One
D.E.A.TH. (Deterring Enemies Around the Hemisphere)
Donald J Trump
Hole in the Sky to Throw Money Into
Santa's Little Helper
SBD (Silent But Deadly)
Spirit II: Electric Boogaloo
THIS is why we can't have nice stuff at the Deid
UR Screwed Now
What do you think? What are your favorites?