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Osprey watch – Marine Corps V-22s make the news

After some positive press in the past week, when the Marine Corps praised the tiltrotor’s performance so far in Iraq, the week ended on a down note when an MV-22 was forced to land near Greenville, NC, after a panel fell off an engine nacelle. No damage was done and the aircraft returned home to […]

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Picture of the year (so far) – V-22 Osprey in Iraq

The US Marine Corps has just released this rare image of an MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor operating in Iraq – there are green rotor-tip lights, the Marines now tell me. (US Navy photo)

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V-22 Osprey: Time may hate it, but PopSci loves it

Popular Science has included the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey in its “The Best of What’s New” list for 2007. Not bad for an aircraft that entered development 25 years ago. Makes up for Time magazine’s shoddy “special investigation” into the V-22, and gives me an excuse to run this great picture of a US Air […]

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Time vs the V-22 – the Marine Corps responds

Assistant Marine Corps commandant Gen Robert Magnus has sent Time magazine a strongly worded defence of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor in response to Mark Thompson’s “flying shame” article. You can read the letter to the editor here: Download file Magnus calls the article dated, inaccurate, unbalanced and misleading and says the MV-22B has been “rigorously […]

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V-22 Osprey – Time fails the fairness test

Time magazine has taken a hatchet to the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey in its latest US issue. Publishing its “special investigation” as the US Marine Corps deploys the tiltrotor to Iraq, Time makes its makes opinion clear on the cover: “It’s unsafe. It can’t shoot straight. It’s already cost 30 lives and $20 billion…” The […]

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