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The 2037 Bomber is the unofficial name given to a heavy strategic bomber planned by the United States Air Force, as a replacement for the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. It has been projected to enter service in 2037 as a stealth, supersonic, long-range bomber aircraft with possible capability for unmanned operation.
With the ending of B-2 Spirit production in the early 1990s, the U.S. Air Force was left with a gap in its bomber development. A new bomber would be needed in the 2037 time frame to replace retiring B-52s and B-1 Lancers according to the Air Force's Bomber Roadmap, released in 1999. This was considered too long to wait, as the Air Force needed an interim "2018 bomber" before the 2030s.
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- Hebert, Adam J. "Long-Range Strike in a Hurry". Air Force Magazine, November 2004. Retrieved December 30, 2015. (PDF version)
- Murch, Anthony. "RL34406, The Next Generation Bomber: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress", p. 17–20. Congressional Research Service, 7 March 2008. Archived June 11, 2014 at the Wayback Machine