The US Air Force Wants Suggestions For What to Name Their New Bomber

By Matt Novak on at

First it was Boaty McBoatface. Now it’s... Planey McPlanerson? I don’t know why, but for some reason, everyone wants to crowdsource the names for expensive projects. Today the US Air Force even got in on the act.

What would you name America’s newest bomber? I suspect this will go about as well as Boaty McBoatface. But despite their blast to the general public over Twitter it appears that only members of the Air Force, their family, and retirees are eligible to submit names.

And the USAF list of rules is pretty explicit that they’re not going to take your shenanigans:

The name must be original and the entry may not contain material that violates or infringes any third party’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. The entry must not contain or be phonetic similar to any third party product names, brand names or trademarks.

The entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous. The entry must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. The entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where entry is created. There is a limit of three names you may enter per person.

Even if you’re not a member of the Air Force, please leave your suggestions in the comments.