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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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Time’s blunt axe bounces off V-22

Time‘s attack on the V-22 Osprey has drawn surprisingly strong support for the US Marine Corps’ tiltrotor transport from several quarters. In case you missed some of the responses, here are a few: US defence analyst Loren Thompson says: “Time says V-22 lacks the “autorotation” capacity that allows helicopters to descend to a survivable landing […]

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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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SpaceShipOne to DropShipOne

The US Marine Corps is still working to gather support for its “troops from space” concept of using a spaceplane to rush a squad from the US to anywhere in the world within 2h, to head off a crisis or take out a bad guy. And the Marines think the nascent space tourism market could […]

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Rocky XXI – JSF vs Super Hornet

In two recent stories, Defense News naval expert Chris Cavas has painted a compelling picture of two US services locked in mortal combat over the future of two fighters – the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. In his first story, in May, Cavas exposed US Navy efforts to keep […]

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