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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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Tiltrotors could airlift FCS, but at what cost?

The US Defense Science Board has just released its report on the VSTOL/STOL airlift requirements to support the US Army’s concept of “mounted aerial manoeuvre” – flying a fully equipped armoured force from an intermediate land or sea base directly to the battlefield. The report is important to two camps: the US Army backing the […]

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Tilt and fold – high-speed rotorcraft concept dusted off

Sources tell me DARPA is about to award Bell Boeing a small contract to study a stop-fold tiltrotor. Or restart studies, I should say, as both companies have previously looked at tiltrotors that stop and fold their rotors to go faster. In 1972, Bell tested a 25ft-diameter stop-fold rotor in a NASA Ames windtunnel. This […]

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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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